Teenager admits raping 10-year-old girl in Exmouth

Police say a teenager has pleaded guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl in Exmouth in October 2018.

The violent assault on a 10-year-old girl took place in the Marley Road area of Exmouth on Thursday, October 4, last year.

Following a full police investigation, the suspect who was 16 years of age at the time of the offence and cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged in connection to this incident; he pleaded guilty to lesser charges to strangle or choke with intent to sexually assault, and digital penetration of a child under-13.

A trial was held in Bristol last March in relation to the more serious charges of attempted murder, rape, and choking with intention to commit rape.

The jury found the suspect not guilty to the charge of attempted murder, but were unable to reach a majority decision in relation to the charge of rape, and choking with intention to commit rape.

Today, Monday, July 22, was the first day of the retrial in relation to the charge of rape; this morning the suspect pleaded guilty to this charge.

Devon and Cornwall Police said he will remain in custody and will be sentenced for this matter plus the offence of strangle or choke with intent, at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “We remind the public that the victim has anonymity for life and should not be named, and neither should the suspect who remains under 18 years of age; these rules are not solely for media organisations to adhere to, they also apply to everyone of us, and includes all information posted via social media.

 

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