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24 July 2024

Briton raped woman hours before his wedding to pregnant girlfriend

By Reuters

A British man admitted on Thursday raping a woman in a violent two-hour attack just hours before his wedding to his pregnant girlfriend.

Derry McCann, 28, who newspapers reported had only recently been freed from prison after carrying out a similar rape in 2006, attacked the woman as she returned home from a night out with friends shortly after midnight on Jan. 13.

He dragged his victim, aged in her mid-20s, into a park near her house in Hackney, east London, raped and beat her, and then after the ordeal took pictures of her. Later that same day he married his partner.

He pleaded guilty at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court to four offences of rape and stealing his victim's phone, prosecutors said.

"This was a terrifying, violent and prolonged attack involving rapes committed by a man intent on inflicting fear and psychological suffering," said Andrew Held of Britain's Crown Prosecution Service.

McCann will be sentenced on April 28 and media reported judge Martyn Zeidman told him he would be going to jail for a "very, very long time".