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Eight-Year-Old Says She Lied About Being Raped
The youngster told the Old Bailey she had wanted to play with the boys because she thought it would be 'fun'.
She said she made up the rape claim because she was worried she wouldn't get any sweets if her mother found out she had been 'a bit naughty'.
The boys, now aged ten and 11, are believed to be the youngest ever in Britain to face trial for rape.
Evidence: The alleged victim today told the court she had not been raped and had removed her underwear herself
They are alleged to have dragged the victim around a block of flats and bin sheds hunting for a secluded spot before they took turns to rape her in a playing field.
But yesterday, in an extraordinary twist, the girl said neither boy had raped her. She did however say one of the boys made her touch his penis as they played in a field.
In cross-examination by defence counsel, the girl admitted she had wanted to play with the boys and had pulled down her own underwear while the boys exposed themselves.
Linda Strudwick, defending one of the boys, asked her: 'You told her (your Mum) that it was the boys because you did not want your Mum to think you had been naughty, is that right?'
The girl, giving evidence via videolink, replied: 'Yeah.'
The judge, Mr Justice Saunders, asked what the girl had been worried about. She replied: 'No sweets if she found out I had been naughty.'
A court sketch from the Old Bailey features the two boys facing a TV screen as the eight-year-old girl gives evidence holding a teddy
The jury heard the girl had been playing near her home in Hayes, West London during the school half term on October 27 last year when the alleged attack happened.
The girl told the jury she had 'been a tiny bit' naughty when she took down her knickers to show the boys several times.
Miss Strudwick asked her: 'You found it quite fun to play with the boys? No one dragged you to the bin sheds, no one held or forced you or pushed you in there?'
She added: 'You were all giggling, it was just silly wasn't it?' The girl replied: 'Yeah'.
In a series of questions, the girl was asked if any parts of her body had been penetrated by the boys. She replied each time: 'No.'
After she finished her evidence Mr Justice Saunders told her: 'No one is suggesting you have done anything wrong.
'I am the judge and I don't suggest you have done anything wrong. Remember that.'
Cuddling her teddy Mr Happy, a girl of 8 tells court how two boys aged 10 took it in turns to rape her
When the group of children were found by their mothers minutes after the alleged attack, they all denied doing anything.
It was only when the girl got home she told her mother she had been raped.
She was later taken to hospital to be examined after complaining of stomach pains, where doctors found a number of scratches and grazes.
Earlier, the girl had agreed with Miss Strudwick that scratches she had on parts of her body may have been caused when the younger boy was trying to help her over a fence.
The boys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, deny two charges of rape and two charges of attempted rape.
Yesterday the girl bit her fingers nervously as she was asked questions.
Sitting in an annexe to the court, she covered her face with her hands and tugged at her hair as she spoke about how she was 'naughty' with the boys.
Previously the court had been shown a video of her being interviewed by police about the alleged rape.
Tightly clutching a teddy to her chest, she told how the boys forced her to pull down her pants before taking it in turns to do something to her that made her bow her head and wipe her eyes.
She said the boys had 'showed me their willies' and demanded to see her ' minnie', flushing red with embarrassment as she was asked to point at what she meant.
The trial continues.
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