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Boy (13) in court over 'unwanted sexual advances' toward schoolgirl

By Alan Erwin

A 13-year-old boy allegedly threatened to rape and kill a schoolgirl as part of a campaign of unwanted sexual advances, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors also claimed he exposed himself and simulated other acts in front of her during a series of incidents at a children's home in Northern Ireland.

On one occasion he lifted a knife and spoke about carrying out a stabbing, it was claimed.

Details emerged as the accused, who cannot be identified, was granted bail.

He faces charges of harassment, indecent exposure, threats to kill, being a non-adult engaged in a sexual act in the presence of a child, and inciting a child to sexual activity.

All of the alleged offences occurred while he was staying at the home between March and April this year.

The girl, aged 15, complained that he had made lewd, sexual remarks and placed handwritten letters under her door, the court heard.

Crown lawyer Kate McKay contended: "The content included threatening to rape her and sexually assault her."

The prosecutor stated: "He talked about stabbing, and she was in fear he would (carry it out)."

The accused then allegedly continued his sexualised behaviour after being moved to another home where all other residents are boys.

Mr Justice Maguire was told a psychologist has assessed him as requiring a specialist placement currently not available anywhere in Northern Ireland.

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