A 12-year-old boy who is believed to be Britain’s youngest ever rapist was convicted after he admitted to raping his younger sister twice when he was just 11-year-old.
The small boy carried out the sex attacks on his nine-year-old sister on two separate occasions while at their home in Plymouth, a court heard.
The boy, now 12, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, admitted to two counts of rape at an earlier hearing.
The attacks took place on February 26 and March 8 this year and he ejaculated during one of the attacks.
Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard how ‘images’ had been found on his phone but no further details were given.
District Judge Diane Baker told him: ‘I know a lot about what has happened in your life and your mum’s life in the past and the difficulties you faced and the confusion you face now about how you wish to lead your life.
‘But what you did was so serious and so damaging to your little sister.
‘She was nine-years-old – she does not understand about those things and you hurt her so seriously that that will last with her for the whole of her life.
‘If you were older, I’m telling you now you would be serving a sentence of detention – that’s like prison. But you were only 11.’
She added that the ejaculation was an ‘aggravating factor’.
The youngster was sentenced to a 12-month intensive referral order, which means he will work with experts to improve his behaviour and put on the sex offenders’ register for two and a half years.
He was supported in court by his mother and foster mother.
Judge Baker also said she wanted social services to ensure the boy had access to ‘male influences’ in his life.
Defending the boy, Jodie Leonard, said: ‘He is due to start at school again – I asked him how he is getting on. He is working really hard.’
Britain’s previous youngest convicted rapist was a boy from Bolton, who attacked two girls a couple of months before he turned 12 in 2012.
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