A serial rapist was able to carry out a sex attack spree when he was freed from prison after “major failings” by a team of “unstable” probation staff according to a recent report.
Joseph McCann was given 33 life sentences in December for attacks on 11 women and children. A victim of McCann’s heinous crimes has called for action to be taken against the probation service.
The 34-year-old convicted burglar had been freed after a probation service error at the start of 2019.
The independent review headed up by Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said this happened despite there being signs he posed a risk to the public and could commit sexual offences.
McCann saw 10 staff over 11 years, with three different probation officers responsible for his case in the months leading up to his prison release.
Two months after he left prison, over the course of 15 days last spring, he abducted, raped and assaulted victims aged between 11 and 71 in Watford, London, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.
He had been seen by probation officers 10 times in that two months, the final time in April just days before he carried out the first rape.
A jury found McCann guilty of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, including eight rapes, false imprisonment and kidnap.
An internal review published by the Ministry of Justice in March laid bare the errors made in the case, including repeated failures to recall him to prison despite officials warning of the risks he posed.
Russell said in his report:
“McCann was managed by an unstable team, lacking experienced and skilled practitioners.
They suffered from poor management oversight, high workloads, poor performance and high staff turnover.
There were signs that he posed an increasing risk to the public. There was evidence of his potential for sexual offending.”
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