Alleged rapist Joseph McCann wants to attend his trial for first time

For the first time, alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann has decided to attend his trial – as it reached a "critical" point, jurors have heard.

The 34-year-old, from Harrow, west London, is accused of 37 charges – including rape, false imprisonment and kidnap – relating to 11 women and children.

Image: McCann denies 37 charges relating to 11 women and children

McCann, who denies the accusations against him, had chosen not to be present at the Old Bailey as the prosecution outlined its case against him.

But as it closed its arguments, the jury was told he had changed his mind.

Mr Justice Edis said he was sorry that they had been "kept in the dark and kept hanging around".


He added: "I told you some time ago that the defendant had decided not to attend his trial but that he would be able to do that if at any time he changed his mind.

"Obviously, the time has come because the prosecution has all but closed its case, if he wants to, the defendant can give Read More – Source