Husband of Harry Kane’s cousin jailed for rape

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Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Derry McCann, who has admitted to the "terrifying, violent and prolonged" rape of a stranger hours before he was due to marry his pregnant partner. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 2, 2017. McCann, 28, launched his horrific, two-hour assault as his victim was "within sight" of her front door in an east London park on January 13. See PA story COURTS Wedding. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Groom who raped a stranger in a park hours before marrying Harry Kane’s pregnant cousin had been released from life sentence for a PREVIOUS rape despite judge’s warning he would do it again 

  • Derry McCann, 28, launched horrific attack on a victim hours before his wedding
  • He grabbed her while she walked through an east London park and raped her
  • McCann married his pregnant fiancee Kerry Hogg just hours after the attack
  • Kerry is cousins with Tottenham striker Kane,  her father and his mother siblings
  • He admitted rape, assault and robbery in Snaresbrook Crown Court and will be sentenced next month 

    A groom raped a stranger in a park hours before marrying Harry Kane’s pregnant cousin.

    Derry McCann, 28, subjected the 24-year-old woman to a ‘sustained and systematic’ attack over two hours in Victoria Park in Hackney, east London.

    Detectives believe he planned to rape a different woman but ‘lost track’ of her so grabbed the eventual victim as she walked home after a night out with friends in the early hours of January 13.

    After repeatedly raping her he also stole her phone and bra telling the victim: ‘You’re lucky I didn’t video it’.

    Hours later McCann married at The Vestry in Bromley-by-Bow and posted pictures of himself with his new wife Kerry Hogg, 27, on his public Facebook page.

    Kerry, who had no idea about the attack and has recently given birth to McCann’s son, is a cousin of England and Spurs striker Harry Kane. Her father and his mother are siblings.

    She was not at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday when her husband admitted rape.

    McCann’s assault in January mirrors a similar assault for which he was jailed in 2006, after he attacked a lawyer in a park in east London, telling an accomplice he would ‘have fun with this one’.

    He was sentenced to life with a minimum of nine years, and the judge said there was a risk he would strike again.

    The defendant, of Hackney, east London, fixed his eyes on the ground as he pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of robbery.

    Honorary Recorder Martyn Zeidman told the rapist he had carried out a ‘terrible’ crime and faced a ‘very, very long time’ in prison.

    McCann played ‘mind games’ with his victim after dragging her into the undergrowth, taunting her by asking what she thought he would do next, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

    McCann also snatched the woman’s mobile phone and bra, the court heard.

    Kate Bex, prosecuting, said: ‘It was about midnight, just a little after, and the victim was walking a short distance home having been out to an art gallery, socialising with friends.

    ‘She was almost within sight of her own front door when she skirted round the side of the park on her usual route home.

    ‘She avoided walking through the middle of it because that was too dangerous, she walked around the side, but unfortunately when near the exit of the park the defendant grabbed her arm and pulled her to one side.

    ‘He began a sustained and systematic attack, best described as mind games in an attempt to control her. Asking the victim what she thought he was going to do to her before actually carrying out the acts.

    ‘He behaved oddly in other respects in interacting with the victim concerning the condom he used when he penetrated and ejaculated.’

    McCann will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 28.

    The court heard that in May 2006, when he was 17 and on a tag for burglary he preyed on the 30-year-old trainee lawyer as she made her way home through an east London park.

    After snatching the woman’s handbag he chillingly told an accomplice: ‘I’m gonna have some fun with this one.’

    The attack took place in Victoria Park, Hackney, pictured, in which a 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted

    The attack took place in Victoria Park, Hackney, pictured, in which a 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted

    He then dragged her down to the secluded banks of a pond in Mile End Park to inflict a string of disturbing sexual assaults.

    McCann began his assault by biting her on the cheek before alternately beating and raping her.

    During the prolonged assault he told her she was his girlfriend and he wanted her to have his child before saying he was going to chain her up in his basement where he kept other women.

    A detective at the time said he put his victim through a ‘life-changing trauma that will haunt her for the rest of her life’.

    Judge Lindsay Burn had expressed deep concern over his ‘clinical enactment of a catalogue of sexual desires’, which amounted to ‘torture’.

    Snaresbrook Crown Court where McCann will return for sentencing on April 28 after admitting rape and assault

    Snaresbrook Crown Court where McCann will return for sentencing on April 28 after admitting rape and assault

    The judge said: ‘Some of the most bizarre and worrying features of the evidence was your repeated threats to kill the complainant and your change of mood.

    ‘On the one hand you were a sexual aggressor, then you almost completely switched to the role of boyfriend, talking to her in a normal way.’

    Judge Burn was so concerned about him he ordered a transcript of his sentencing remarks to be sent to the governor of the prison.

    He said: ‘In my judgement there’s a very substantial risk that you will commit further serious offences in the future and your conduct will cause serious harm to your victim or victims.’

    As McCann was given a life sentence, with a minimum of nine years before he can be released on parole, he yelled out: ‘B*******, you don’t know me. F*** all you c****.’

    He also warned the prison guards not to touch him as he was led away.

    McCann’s furious family were then escorted out of the building by 12 officers after shouting at the judge for jailing their ‘innocent’ son.

    Crown Prosecution Service London reviewing lawyer Andrew Held said: ‘This was a terrifying, violent and prolonged attack involving rapes committed by a man intent on inflicting fear and psychological suffering.

    ‘The strong prosecution case which led to today’s guilty pleas included victim testimony, an ID parade, CCTV footage, and bad character evidence based on a similar rape committed by McCann in 2006.

    ‘I would like to thank McCann’s victim for her courage in helping bring this prosecution and hope his conviction provides some sense of justice for her.’

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