Boy, 16, ‘raped 10-year-old girl on her way home from school and left her for dead in a Devon stream’

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Boy, 16, 'raped 10-year-old girl on her way home from school and left her for dead in a Devon stream'



A BOY aged 16 raped a ten-year-old girl as she walked home from school before leaving her for dead in a stream, a court heard today.
The teen, who can’t legally be named, allegedly grabbed the schoolgirl by the throat from behind and dragged her into the water in Devon.
Alamy A boy, 17, is on trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of raping a ten-year-old girl
He is then accused of raping her after she fell unconscious before “leaving her to die” in the freezing stream in October last year.
Jurors were told the girl’s worried mum text her “where are you?” when she was late back from school.
She received a knock on the door minutes later from a passer-by who discovered her wet, muddy, barely conscious and with her underwear pulled down, jurors heard.
The girl had tried to fight him off using moves she learnt from “self-defence” videos but was unable to move to “kick him in the groin”, it was said.’GRABBED FROM BEHIND’
Jurors at Bristol Crown Court heard how the boy, now aged 17, admits choking the girl and sexually assaulting her but denies charges of attempted murder and rape.
The court was told the girl had taken her phone out to call her mum and tell her she was close to home when she heard footsteps behind her.
Anna Vigars QC, prosecuting, told the court: “Although she never saw his face, the defendant was the person who grabbed her from behind.
“We know that because he accepts that it was him. He took hold of her from behind, around her throat, wrapping his arm around her neck and squeezing hard.
“By accident, she held down the home button on her phone – that activated Siri. That drew his attention to the mobile phone.
“He took it out of her hands and threw it away from her, into the bushes.”
‘SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO DIE’
Jurors were told as the boy tightened his grip, the girl felt she was “fading into a sleep” as she sat down in the water.
Mrs Vigars said: “She thought she was going to die. She thought a way to avoid the whole thing was to pretend that she was already dead. She flopped down and shut her eyes.
“She hoped that whoever it was who had hold of her neck might just give up and leave her.
“When she pretended that was what was happening to her, she did fade away.
“She can remember nothing from that point until she came to in the stream.”
Jurors were told how a woman walking past heard “panicked yelling” from the girl as she shouted out for a teacher.
BOY ‘TRIED TO KILL HER’
Police were called and doctors found injuries to her genital area, while the boy’s DNA was present on her body and underwear.
Bruising to the girl’s neck matched the seams of the coat he had been wearing, Mrs Vigars said.
In a police interview shown to the jury, the girl said she heard someone coming up behind her before they chucked her phone and started “strangling” her.
Clutching a soft toy, she said: “At that point, I started to panic. I tried kicking him in his privates because when I was younger on a video I was watching it came up with self-defence.
“As he was holding me so tightly, I couldn’t move. He was pulling me down to where the river was. He was getting tighter and tighter and then I woke up on my own in the river.”
Mrs Vigars said the boy was “trying to kill her”, adding: “He meant her to die and he left her in that cold stream in October to die.”
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The boy denies charges of attempted murder, attempting to choke with intent to commit rape, and rape of a child under 13.
He admits attempting to choke with intent to commit sexual assault and assault by penetration.
The trial continues.

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