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Girl 'killed sex assault accused'

A 14-year-old girl killed a "dirty paedophile" who she said had abused her, the Old Bailey has heard.

She and a 14-year-old boy stabbed suspect Robert Daley, 45, after the Crown Prosecution Service decided to drop the case, jurors were told.

The girl had complained to police, along with her 16-year-old sister and a woman, saying Mr Daley had sexually assaulted them. But she had not made a statement. Prosecutors then decided that no charges should be brought in relation to any of the allegations.

After her arrest, the girl said she had first been abused by Daley at the age of 12 but it had been a year since he last sexually assaulted her.

"She called Robert Daley a dirty paedophile," said Jonathan Rees, QC, prosecuting.

She told police that she and the boy had gone to the man's house to "hustle" him for some money. When she was in the kitchen, he had "started to grope her".

The boy came in, picked up a knife, and stabbed him a few times but Mr Daley would not let go and tried to reach for a weapon himself so the boy stabbed him again, the girl claimed.

She said she was "scared and frightened" and covered in blood and later threw the blade into bushes and burnt her clothes. The girl had allegedly told a friend: "He tried to touch me again and I stabbed him."

It is alleged that the teenager rang the two defendants and they made their way to Mr Daley's home in Stockwell, south London. Mr Rees said that five minutes after they arrived, Mr Daley had been stabbed five times in the side - two of them piercing his heart.

The boy and girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons and who are now both 15, deny murder on April 23. Mr Rees said the boy was understood to be claiming that he used the knife while trying to defend himself and the girl.


From Belfast Telegraph