Two rapists who committed some of the ‘worst and most violent’ sexual crimes in English history could be told they will spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
Joseph McCann, 35, sexually attacked 11 women and children, aged between 11 and 71, during a two-week cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage last year. He was given 33 life sentences at the Old Bailey in December.
Reynhard Sinaga, 37, drugged 48 men and filmed himself sexually attacking them after luring them back to his apartment posing as a ‘Good Samaritan’. He was found guilty of 159 offences – though police have linked him to more than 190 potential victims – and sentenced to life in January at Manchester Crown Court.
But the Attorney General’s Office described the rapists’ 30-year-minimum jail sentences ‘unduly lenient’ and handed them over to the Court of Appeal earlier this year to extend them.
Today, lawyers will argue that McCann and Sinaga should have been given full life sentences for their catalogue of offences, which solicitor general Michael Ellis QC said were ‘some of the worst and most violent that this country has ever witnessed’.
The hearing, in London, will be a test as to whether a whole life order can be imposed in cases that do not involve murder. If the Attorney General’s Office succeeds, it will be the first time two separate offenders’ sentences have been challenged together as being unduly lenient.
Five senior judges – including the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Dame Victoria Sharp – are expected to hear the case over two days.
McCann carried out his 15-day campaign of terror across Hertfordshire, London and Greater Manchester between April and May 2019, just two months after the convicted burglar was wrongly freed from prison following ‘major failings’ by probation staff.
After being let out on the streets, he abducted, raped and held women and children prisoners as he drove across the country. He was eventually caught up a tree after being chased by police officers who interrupted his attempt to rape two 14-year-old girls.
He was found guilty in December of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, aged between 11 and 71, and was described by the sentencing judge, Mr Justice Edis, as a ‘classic psychopath’.
Sinaga, dubbed Britain’s worst rapist, preyed on lone, drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat in Manchester, posing as a Good Samaritan who offered them a floor to sleep on or promised them more drink.
The Indonesian student drugged the men then filmed himself sexually violating them while they were unconscious, with many of his victims having little or no memory of the assaults.
Judge Suzanne Goddard QC, who sentenced him to a minimum of 30 years, described Sinaga as ‘an evil serial sexual predator’ and a ‘monster’.
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