Landmark appeal case: Two serial rapists should never be freed

TWO serial rapists should never be freed, according to a landmark appeal case that intends to increase the minimum sentences of Reynhard Sinaga and Joseph McCann.

The aim of the landmark appeal is to extend both of the depraved rapists time in prison, who currently have to serve a minimum of 30-years, and align their sentences to that of a murderer, for which only guilty offenders in the most extreme cases have received whole life prison sentences.

In the case being handled by solicitor general Michael Ellis QC, MP, he said both men’s crimes were “outside the scale of sexual offending usually seen in our courts”, stating that Reynhard Sinaga was, “the most prolific sex offender ever to come before the courts of England and Wales”.

Sinaga, a PHD student, originally from Indonesia, was arrested in 2017 and convicted of 159 sexual offences involving 48 victims; including 136 cases of rape.

Speaking about the crimes of Joseph McCann, Mr Ellis described his offences as “characterised by violence and the desire to humiliate and degrade”.

McCann committed his crimes over a horrific two-week period in 2019 where his 11 victims included an 11-year-old boy, teenage girls and a 71-year-old women.

Although the cases are not linked, Mr Ellis believes the two serial rapists should never be freed, and that the same legal question can be asked of both defendants and should be dealt with in the same courtroom.

The case is expected to last two days, with a judgment likely to be delayed to a later date.

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