Teenage rapist fails in appeal

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A 17-YEAR-OLD boy convicted of raping a four-year-old in Emberton has failed in his appeal.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a jury in Huntingdon Crown Court in November last year.

The appeal was heard at London’s Criminal Appeal Court on the grounds that the young victim’s evidence was unsafe because of various inconsistencies.

However, judges believed the girl was a credible witness and said the jury were within their rights to take her accounts as accurate.

The 17-year-old raped the girl in Emberton Park in 2009 after she had become separated from her mother.

The girl identified her attacker around two weeks later in a shop when she recognised the T-shirt he had been wearing on the day of the attack.

Defence lawyers said the case should not have been decided by a jury as the girl’s evidence was ‘undermined’ by other witness accounts.

Lord Justice Moses ruled that the trial judge was right to leave the case for the jury.