BBC News

Rape-accused Joseph McCann 'caught on CCTV at hotel'

Published
image copyrightPA Media
image captionCCTV images allegedly showed Joseph McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on 25 April

A man accused of rape was caught on camera at a hotel just before one of his alleged victims smashed him over the head and escaped, a court heard.

Joseph McCann went into the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on 25 April, leaving two women in a car outside, the Old Bailey was told.

He was allegedly captured on CCTV entering the hotel wearing a tracksuit and a baseball cap.

Mr McCann, 34, from Harrow, denies 37 offences against 11 victims.

After going into the hotel, he held the front door open and glanced repeatedly outside while rapping on the window of the reception desk to speak to staff, the court was told.

He then told his alleged captives to get out of the car and smile as he put his arms around them.

Instead, one of them, a 25-year-old woman, grabbed a bottle of vodka and hit him over the head with it before running for help, jurors heard.

image copyrightMet Police
image captionJoseph McCann is accused of 37 offences against 11 alleged victims, including children

The trial continues.

Related Topics

  • Watford
  • Walthamstow

More on this story

  • Joseph McCann trial: Woman used vodka bottle to 'end rape ordeal'