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Girl (8) lied about rape to get sweets, court told

An eight-year-old girl alleged to have been raped by two 10-year-old boys told the Old Bailey today that she had lied because she was worried about not getting any sweets.

She admitted she said she was raped because she was scared her mother would find out that she had been "naughty", the jury heard.

Later, she went on to maintain that some touching had taken place but the judge brought her ordeal to an end after saying she was exhausted.

Mr Justice Saunders told her: "No-one is suggesting you have done anything wrong - and I am the judge."

The girl had been giving evidence all day and most of yesterday on a video screen.

Two defence barristers and the prosecutor tried to find out what happened in a field in Hayes, west London, in October last year.

The girl, who had been leaning her head on a table and yawning, was asked: "What happened?", and replied: "I can't remember."

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The trial was adjourned to tomorrow and the girl was told she would not have to come back.

The prosecution allege the boys took the girl to a block of flats, a bin shed and a secluded field to assault her.

The boys, now aged 11 and 10, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, deny two charges each of rape and two charges each of attempted rape of a child under 13.

In cross-examination by defence counsel, the girl admitted that she had voluntarily been playing with the boys.

She had pulled her own underwear down while the boys exposed themselves to her.

Linda Strudwick, defending the older boy, asked her: "Did you ever tell your mum it was not you but it was (the boys) who took your knickers down? You didn't want your mum to think you had been naughty?"

The girl replied: "Yeah."

The judge then asked what the girl had been worried about and she replied: "No sweets if it (sic) found out I had been naughty."

Earlier, the girl had agreed with Miss Strudwick that scratches she had on parts of her body may have been caused when the younger boy was trying to help her over a fence.

Questioned by Chetna Patel, for the younger boy, the girl admitted leaving the area where she was meant to be playing and approaching the boys.

But she said she was not raped as she had earlier claimed.

In a series of questions, the girl was asked if any parts of her body had been penetrated by the boys. She replied each time: "No."

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