Belfast Telegraph

Probation for youth in underage sex case

By Ashleigh McDonald

A youth who had sex with two underage girls on two separate occasions has been given a 'combination order' of community service and probation.

The youth appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court where he was ordered to serve 100 hours community service and made the subject of a three-year probation order.

The court heard that the first incident occurred in August 2011 when he was just shy of his 16th birthday and the girl was 13 years and eight months.

The second incident, the following September, took place when he had just turned 17 and the girl was 15 years and two months old.

Both incidents occurred in east Belfast, and while both girls agreed to have sex with the youth, by law the girls were both under the age of 16 and therefore under the legal age of consent.

The youth, who is now aged 19, admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child. The court was told before the incident in August 2011, the youth and the girl had been in contact with each other on social media for around seven months prior to them meeting up.

The girl agreed to meet him at his house "without any apparent exploitation or undue pressure from him". The following year, in September 2012, the same girl went to the youth's house with a friend as "uninvited guests".

Alcohol was consumed and in the early hours of the morning, the second girl went up to a bedroom already occupied by the defendant, where intercourse took place. Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said he was sentencing the youth for two counts of sexual activity with a child and that "on both occasions the activity was of a nature that the children, although not in law consenting to it, agreed to it occurring."

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