A groom has admitted raping a stranger in a park in east London just hours before marrying his pregnant partner. Derry McCann, 28, pleaded guilty to the “terrifying, violent and prolonged” attack on a woman as she walked home shortly after midnight on January 13. During the attack he took photos of the woman, punched her in the face and threatened her with further violence. Just hours later, he married his pregnant girlfriend.

The victim had spent the evening at a nearby art gallery in east London and was “within sight” of her front door when she was assaulted. McCann dragged the woman into the undergrowth and subjected her to “mind games in an attempt to control her” as he carried out the attack. McCann pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and one count of robbery.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that McCann, from Hackney, east London, was jailed in 2006 for another prolonged rape attack, which also took place in a London park and had recently been released from prison. Honorary Recorder Martyn Zeidman told McCann: “You have done the most terrible things and you will be going to prison, as you understand, for a very, very long time.”

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