A suspected serial rapist being hunted by police might have been mistakenly free of jail, it has emerged.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) mentioned it had launched an “pressing” investigation into the discharge of Joseph McCann, who’s alleged to have kidnapped and raped three ladies in London and Watford final month.
Detectives have mentioned the 34-year-old is “extraordinarily harmful” and provided £20,000 reward for data resulting in his arrest and prosecution.
McCann was launched jail in February half means via a three-year sentence for housebreaking and theft.
He ought to have been referred to the Parole Board earlier than being freed, however was not, the MoJ confirmed.
A spokesman mentioned: “We have now commissioned an pressing evaluation into what occurred on this case.”
McCann was initially jailed in 2008 for aggravated housebreaking after breaking into the house of an 85-year-old man and attacking him.
He was given an indeterminate sentence – often known as imprisonment for public safety (IPP) – which successfully positioned him on lifelong licence after he was freed 9 years later.
That meant the Parole Board ought to have been required to log out his launch after he was jailed once more in July 2017. As an alternative he was freed robotically earlier this yr on the half-way level of his sentence.
Weeks later, on 21 April, he’s suspected to have snatched a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford and raped her.
Scotland Yard issued a public attraction to search out McCann after two more women were abducted and raped in London final week.
He’s described as being muscular, about 5ft 10in, and having a “distinctive” tattoo of the title “bobbie” on his abdomen.
He’s mentioned to have blue eyes, a bald head or shaved blond hair with a light-coloured beard, and a “slight” Irish accent.
Detectives mentioned he had lately passed by the title of Joel and has hyperlinks to Watford, northwest London, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and Ipswich in Suffolk.
The ladies kidnapped in London have been attacked after being snatched by a person in a silver or grey-coloured Ford S-Max folks provider with false registration plates.
If in case you have been affected by sexual violence, you will discover assist by way of the NHS. Rape Crisis affords specialist assist for girls and women; and The Survivors Trust helps folks of any gender