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The figure of justice statue above the Old Bailey in central London.

Boys sentenced for attempted rape

Two boys were aged 10 at time of the assault.

TWO 11-YEAR-OLD BOYS have been sentenced to a three-year supervision term for the attempted rape of a young girl in London last year.

The girl, 8, was taken to hospital suffering from stomach pains after she told her mother she had been raped in a park near their home.

She gave evidence at the trial via video-link.

The sentencing judge said that he rejected the defence team’s argument that the boys were playing a game:

I do not accept that what happened was a game but I do accept that you did not realise how serious what you were doing was.

Both boys, who were 10 at the time of the attack, were cleared of rape but found guilty of attempted rape.

They cannot be named, but must sign on to a sex offenders’ register for two and a half years, and their mothers are required to notify authorities about their location.

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