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Carlisle sex offender jailed for 16 years

John-Paul McCann
John-Paul McCann

[A] SICK sex attacker who laughed as he tried to rape a woman in Carlisle has been locked up for 16 years.

John-Paul McCann, 32, forced himself on to his terrified victim and ignored her frantic efforts to fight him off.

McCann was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI) for twice attempting to rape the female early on 13th March, and carrying out another sexual offence.

The father-of-two, who is a furniture maker, had protested his innocence. But he was unanimously found guilty of the three sex crimes by a jury of seven men and five women who heard all the evidence during a four-day trial.

Asked what heavily tattooed McCann said as she tried to stop him, the victim told police he had been “just laughing at me”. She was left “aching all over” and bruised, the court heard, and felt “sick to the stomach” at the end of a sustained ordeal which lasted around half an hour.

McCann, who also assaulted his victim, was given the lengthy prison term by Judge Peter Hughes QC, who also imposed an extended licence period of six years.

He told McCann, of Crookburn Close, Carlisle: “This is a particularly unpleasant and grave case of its kind.”

McCann must sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

DS Steve Whitehead, North Cumbria CID, said: “There is no excuse for the unthinkable actions of McCann and I am glad that he is now facing a significant sentence for his crimes.

“McCann has shown no remorse for his attack throughout the investigation and trial.

“Rape and sexual offences have a huge impact on victims and their families and I hope that for the brave victim in this case, today’s sentencing offers some form of closure.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward and report it to police. A victim can be reassured that their case will be investigated professionally and sensitively.”

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