An 11-year-old boy from Blackpool, Lancashire who raped his 9-year-old boy playmate, became one of Britain’s youngest rapists.
The suspect, whose name was withheld for legal reasons, admitted raping his 9-year-old playmate 15 times. The boy was caught when the victim’s mother heard suspicious voices whispering through a baby monitor in her son’s room.
The same boy also allegedly sexually assaulted an 11-year-old disabled boy while he was out on bail for the rape charges, the Daily Mail reported.
Based on the court records, the boy raped his 9-year-old playmate on May 29 when the victim’s mother walked into her son’s bedroom and found her son being raped by the juvenile suspect on the bedroom floor.
Upon entering the room, the boy reportedly told his playmate’s mother, “I am sorry, I don’t know why I did it.”
When arraigned in the Blackpool Magistrate Court, the boy who just recently turned 12, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and three counts of sexual touching for the same boy he repeatedly raped for 15 times.
Rape, Sexual Assault Charges
Because of his age, the boy was committed in youth custody.
“He has been assessed as at a high risk of joining in further sexual behaviour. He used some grooming of the other boys. The Crown would say a custodial sentence is appropriate in this case,” the prosecutor was quoted as saying by the Sun.
But Brett Chappell, the suspect’s lawyer, said the case is tragic not only for the victim, but also for the client himself, as the boy was also a victim of sexual assault several years ago.
Apart from pleading guilty, the boy also showed remorse and recognize the need for help in addressing his problems.