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Boy sentenced for pensioner rape

A 14-year-old boy has been ordered to be detained for public protection, with a minimum period of two years less 65 days served, for raping a pensioner.

The teenager raped the 77-year-old woman in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on November 12 after asking to be let into her house to talk about the war, Oxford Crown Court was told.

The boy, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of rape.

Judge Patrick Eccles told the boy: "This was a cruel and revolting sexual attack on a vulnerable 77-year-old woman living in her own home."

The victim was in court with members of her family for the hearing, but placed in an area where they could not see the boy. He sat for most of the hearing with his head down, weeping at times.

Terence Woods, defending, said the victim had demonstrated "the most extraordinary fortitude and the most generous concern for the welfare of the young defendant".

The boy had expressed true sorrow and regret for his actions that day, which he found almost impossible to explain, Mr Woods said.

Reports about him said he "is and remains an immature and damaged child".

He first came to the attention of social services when only a year old, Mr Woods said. His father is a violent alcoholic and on the sex offenders register, and he left home when the boy was very young.

His mother, who was not present in court, had a number of other relationships and at least three of her partners had convictions for sexual offences, he added.


From Belfast Telegraph