Saturday 10 December 2016

Face of teenager accused of raping girl (12) and fathering her baby son

Deborah McAleese

Published 06/05/2016 | 11:56

Conaire Whyte (19) is to appear in court later this month charged with rape after DNA tests were conducted by police
Conaire Whyte (19) is to appear in court later this month charged with rape after DNA tests were conducted by police

This is the teenager accused of raping a 12-year-old girl and fathering her baby son.

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Conaire Whyte (19) is to appear in court later this month charged with rape after DNA tests were conducted by police.

The PSNI launched an investigation last year after the girl, who is now 13, became pregnant.

The west Belfast mum gave birth to a boy last month, making her one of the youngest ever mothers in the UK.

Whyte, from West Belfast, was arrested in the Lenadoon area in October after police were advised about the young girl's pregnancy.

It is understood that he denied he was the father of the child. He was released on police bail.

Police waited until the baby was born, however, and then carried out DNA tests. When the results came back last week, police charged Whyte with rape. The results of the DNA tests are understood to form part of the case against him.

The Belfast Telegraph also understands that Whyte fathered another child by a different woman earlier this year.

He is believed to have been in a relationship with the child's mother, but they have since broken up. The PSNI confirmed that a 19-year-old man is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on May 24 charged with rape.

The family of the young mother are understood to have been left deeply shocked by the schoolgirl's pregnancy when it came to light last year.

According to recent statistics, 98pc of teenagers who gave birth in 2014 were over 16. The youngest mother in the UK is thought to have became pregnant when she was still in primary school at the age of 11.

The girl, from London, gave birth in April 2014 aged 12 years and three months. In summer 2014, a north Belfast woman became Britain and Ireland's youngest known grandmother at 29 when her 15-year-old daughter gave birth.

The age of sexual consent in Northern Ireland has been reduced from 17 to 16.

It is a criminal offence to engage in any sexual activity with any child, with a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment. Where the sexual activity involves rape, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.

The number of teenage girls to give birth here has been steadily decreasing in recent years. Statistics from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency showed that in 2014, 839 children were born to teenage mothers.

Belfast Telegraph

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