Friday 19 January 2018

Girl (8) 'lied about being raped by two boys to get sweets'

Child didn't want mother to know she was 'naughty'

Mark Hughes in London

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl who told her mother that two 10-year-old boys had sexually assaulted her, yesterday said in court that she had lied about the incident because she had been "naughty" and was worried she would not get any sweets.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleged that the boys, who are among the youngest to be tried for rape in a British court, pulled her pants down and exposed themselves before raping her.

But yesterday under cross-examination she said she had voluntarily been playing with the boys, who also cannot be named, and had pulled down her own underwear.

Linda Strudwick, defending one of the boys, asked her: "Did you ever tell your mum it was not you but it was (the boys) who took your knickers down? You didn't want your mum to think you had been naughty?"

The girl, giving evidence from behind a screen, replied: "Yeah."

Chetna Patel, representing the other boy, asked whether he had raped her. The girl replied: "No."

The judge, Mr Justice Saunders, asked what the girl had been worried about and she replied: "No sweets if it (sic) found out I had been naughty."

The prosecution had earlier alleged that the boys took the girl to a secluded spot in Hayes, west London, to assault her last October.


Rosina Cottage, prosecuting, said: "Together they took her to different locations near where they lived to find a sufficiently secluded spot to assault her.

"The events leading to the alleged rapes all took place in and around a block of flats and they ended in a field."

Yesterday, jurors were given a virtual reality tour of the area where the alleged attacks had taken place.

The girl gave instructions for where the camera should go.

The girl has been giving most of her evidence via video link. In a video interview, filmed the day after the alleged incident and played to the court, she told police officers: "They pulled my pants down. I didn't want to and then they put me into the lift and then they done it again."

The older boy denies assaulting the girl but, during an interview with police, admitted exposing himself and touching her in a sexual way.

The boys, now 11 and 10, deny two charges of rape and two of attempted rape of a child under 13. The trial continues. (© Independent News Service)

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