Twenty-four hour police custody follows a troubling case of a seemingly unprovoked attempted murder in Luton – so where is Judge Justice McCann?
Is he in jail? And will he ever be released?
Everything you need to know is here.
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What did Justice McCann do?
Bedfordshire Police are investigating when a man is shot dead by a stranger at close range.
Medics fight to save the victim’s life after the unprovoked attack.
Police received reports that a gun had been fired at a passing vehicle on Albert Road in Luton on August 10, 2019.
CCTV cameras recorded the incident and showed Justice McCann chasing after the car and firing a gun.
He wore khaki tracksuits and a khaki tracksuit top with a black pouch over one shoulder.
About 15 minutes later, police received a call reporting that a man had been shot in the chest outside shops on New Town Street, just around the corner from Albert Street.
The man was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The shot narrowly missed the victim’s heart and he suffered injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life.
Justice also threw a glass bottle at a man sitting in a car on New Town Street and ordered him to hand over his keys and get out of the car.
The judiciary fled the scene when the police showed up.
How was he caught?
Police officers found a discarded black firearm in a nearby alley that later held Justice McCann’s DNA.
His fingerprints were also found on the car in which the driver was threatened.
A witness helped pin the criminal when she gave a statement to police that she was walking with a friend on Seymour Street when a man pointed a gun at both of them.
Her description of the perpetrator made police believe it was McCann, too.
Two police officers identified Justice McCann as the person on CCTV footage from both shootings.
On August 14, 2019, the suspect was arrested at an address in Luton.
A search of the property revealed a lot of cannabis, a revolver and 11 rounds of ammunition.
The officers also retrieved khaki sweatpants, a matching hoodie, and a black “man’s bag”, all of which matched the outfit Justice McCann wore while video-monitoring the incidents.
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Where is Justice McCann now?
Judge McCann, 23, was jailed at Luton Crown Court in January 2020.
A judge sentenced him to 22.5 years with an extended license of five years.
Last October, Justive McCann pleaded guilty to five charges, including attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Commenting on the conviction, Judge Mark Bishop said: “Because of your repeated crime and previous convictions, I consider you dangerous, which is why you were sentenced to such a long prison term.
“It was by chance, and by the ability of the doctors, that you did not kill the victim in this case.”
Detective Chief Inspector Aaron Kiff said, “I am delighted that this dangerous and violent person is now behind bars.
“I hope the McCann ruling shows others that there are ramifications for anyone who uses a weapon to harm or threaten another person.”
Will he ever be released?
McCann was jailed at Luton Crown Court on January 14, 2020 for 22.5 years with an extended license term of five years.
His honorary judge Mark Bishop informed him that he would not be eligible for parole until 2035.
The judiciary previously lived in Ravenhill Way, Luton.
Twenty-four hours in police custody Episode Two: Justice McCann
The Bedfordshire Police Guns and Gangs unit is investigating when a man is being shot dead by a stranger at close range in what appears to be a totally unprovoked attack.
With the perpetrator at large, the police start an urgent operation to determine the man’s identity and arrest him – before he strikes again.
A woman arrives at the Luton Police Station to report she has been threatened by a man who matches the description.
24 hours in police custody series 11, episode three
The third episode (Monday, April 5, 2021) of 24 hours in police custody investigates the case of a missing man.
DCI Adam Gallop believes a man declared missing in 2015 was murdered.
So far, however, he has not been able to find his body.
The more time passes, the less the likelihood that new witnesses or forensic evidence will emerge.
Police are digging up the forest where the missing person is said to have been shot.
The 24 hours in police custody will continue on Monday, April 5th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on channel 4.
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