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Nine youths convicted of gang-rape of schoolgirl aged 14

PUBLISHED: 22:57 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

NINE teenagers are to be sentenced for the gang rape of a 14-year-old schoolgirl on a housing estate in East London—three of them admitted the attack. All nine are being sentenced on December 5 for the kidnap and horrifying gang rape that took place on Hackney’s Frampton Park housing estate on April 30 last year

NINE teenagers are to be sentenced for the gang rape of a 14-year-old schoolgirl on a housing estate in East London—three of them admitted the attack.

All nine are being sentenced on December 5 for the kidnap and horrifying gang rape that took place on Hackney’s Frampton Park housing estate on April 30 last year.

The 14-year-old girl was on her way home at 6.20pm that day when she saw the youths and became involved in an argument with one of them when one of his mates snatched her mobile phone.

She was then pulled her into a block of flats in Victoria Park Road, but the gang were disturbed by a passer-by.

The terrified girl was then dragged to another block in nearby King Edwards Road where she was forced to remove her clothes before being raped orally and vaginally.

She fought back, but the gang threatened to kill her and she gave up, fearing for her life.

The youths were again interrupted by a passer-by and moved to a third block, Tradescant House, where the girl was raped again by six youths.

She finally managed to escape and raise the alarm.

Police arrested 14 youths over the next few days. Five were released without further action, but nine were charged and appeared at Snaresbrook crown court.

Det Con Jonathan Burks said after the case: “The girl went through a hugely distressing and traumatic ordeal at the age of just 14.

“I commend her and the sheer bravery of the other young witnesses in standing up in court and giving evidence.

“The motive for this sickening attack appears to be the victim had previously disrespected’ the first youth and he took his revenge. The others followed his lead in a pack’ mentality.”

He added: “These youths might think they are untouchable—but they’re not.”

The 16-year-old leading the attack, who comes from South Hackney, was found guilty of rape, kidnap and false imprisonment.

The other five convicted with him—two sixteen-year-olds, two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old all from South Hackney—were found guilty of rape and false imprisonment.

The other three—a 17-year-old from Dalston now living in Bethnal Green, a 16-year-old from South Hackney now living in Leytonstone and a 16-year-old from South Hackney—all pleaded guilty to rape, kidnap and false imprisonment.


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