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Girl 'killed sex assault accused'

A 14-year-old girl killed an older man shortly after finding out that he would not be prosecuted for sexually assaulting her, the Old Bailey has heard.

She went to his home with a 14-year-old male friend and, within minutes, Robert Daley, 45, was dying of stab wounds, it was claimed.

The girl and boy, now both 15, deny murdering Mr Daley at his flat in Ferndale Road, Stockwell, south London, on April 23.

The defendants cannot be named because of their ages.

Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, told the jury that the girl, her 16-year-old sister and a woman had made claims of sexual assault against Mr Daley. But despite their claims, all three continued to have contact with him.

Mr Rees said Mr Daley was telephoned on the morning he died by a police officer who told him the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to drop the case. Mr Daley then telephoned the older girl, who then contacted the 14-year-olds.

The youngsters arrived at the flat - but five minutes later Mr Daley had been stabbed and collapsed on the floor. Mr Rees said two of the stab wounds in his side had penetrated his heart.

He said the boy was understood to be claiming that he used the knife while trying to defend himself and the girl.

The girl denied taking part in the stabbing, but claimed that, during the visit, Mr Daley sexually assaulted her in the kitchen and the boy stabbed him to help her get away.

Mr Rees added: "There is evidence that she later told people close to her that it was she who stabbed him. It is the prosecution case that both defendants were both responsible."

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