Boy aged 12 sentenced for rape

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A 12-year-old boy from south-west Norfolk who raped a six-year-old left his victim so afraid she will no longer sleep in her own bed, a court has heard.

The rapes were carried out on two separate occasions and left the girl afraid to play outside her home, Ipswich Youth Court was told on Monday.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had previously admitted raping the girl, whose identity is also protected, on May 28 and May 30 this year.

Prosecuting, Simon Newell said there were a number of aggravating factors – the victim being ‘just six’ at the time, the offences being carried out on ‘two completely separate occasions’, that force was used, the boy’s lack of empathy for the victim and the effect the rapes had had on the girl.

Mr Newell said that, when asked about his impact on the victim, the boy had answered ‘I don’t care how she feels’.

In mitigation, Jeremy Kendall said the boy’s parents – who accompanied him in court – were in the process of trying to move.

He said he hoped this would ‘give some reassurance’ to the victim’s family.

He told the court the boy’s parents had taken him straight to the police station after finding out what he had done.

District Judge Celia Dawson said the boy’s attitude towards what he had done gave her ‘some cause for concern’.

Sentencing him to a 12- month referral order, she said: “I hope in a way that that’s just you trying to be brave and tough things out and that when you start work with the youth offending team you’ll start to think about what you did, how serious it was and how badly this has affected (the victim).

She added: “You need to be aware (the victim’s) only six. You’re a much bigger person, quite clearly much stronger than her, and what you did is very, very wrong. You forced her to do something she didn’t want to do and didn’t understand.”

Reading from a statement from the victim’s mother, the judge told the boy his victim no longer slept in her own bed and was so ‘frightened and upset’ that she cried and did not want to play outside her home.

“That’s an awful thing. She’s just a little girl,” she said.

A restraining order prevents contact with the victim and members of her family.

While acknowledging that any amount of money was insufficient to compensate the victim, she ordered a ‘token gesture’ of £300 compensation, to pay for ‘some sort of treat to make her think life’s better’.