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Antrim mother's horror over sex assault on children by boys aged eight and nine

By Chris Kilpatrick

A Northern Ireland woman has spoken of her horror at being told by her four-year-old son that he and his friend had been sexually assaulted by two other children.

The boys aged eight and nine, said to have carried out the attacks which left the youngsters in pain, claimed they were “just playing”.

The woman said her son has been taking anti-depressants and sleeping tablets since the alleged incident took place in Lisburn, Co Antrim on October 6.

It was reported to police the following day.

Because of the age of the children involved no action can be taken by police and social services are handling the situation.

In Northern Ireland the age of criminal responsibility is currently 10 years of age.

The mother of one of the children yesterday told how her son was hysterical on the evening following the alleged assault.

“When I got him upstairs I tried to undress him because he still had his clothes on and he wouldn't let me take his trousers off. He was just frantic, distressed.”

She said she then phoned an out-of-hours GP who referred her to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. At the A&E he was examined by a doctor.

“One of the boys had strangled him, held his throat and held him against the wall,” she said.

She said her son told her one of the boys then inserted a finger into the child.

Police yesterday confirmed they had handed the case over to social services.

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