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Boy ordered to do community service over defilement of girl (12)

Declan Brennan, Brion Hoban
Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019, 11:32

A teenage boy who took part in the defilement of a 12-year-old girl has been ordered to complete 180 hours of community service.

The boy was 14 when an older teenager told the victim he would distribute pictures of an earlier sexual incident to their peers if she did not “give a blowjob” to the boy. Lawyers for the younger boy told the court that he was in fear of the older boy, while the victim told gardaí­ she felt she had to do it.

Róisín Lacey SC, defending, said the incident, which lasted for about 10 seconds before the girl ran off, was stage managed by the older boy.

Her client, now aged 17, subsequently pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual act with a child at a place in Co Dublin on August 25th, 2015.

The Central Criminal Court heard that four days earlier the older boy forced the girl to give him oral sex while others, including the 14-year-old, were nearby. Some of these took images of the incident though this defendant did not.

When she met the older boy again, he again forced her to perform oral sex on him before telling her that she had to “give a blowjob” to the younger boy or else he would show the pictures of the earlier incident to others.

The victim felt she had to do it and said she could not stop shaking during the incident. The defendant had his hands down by his side during the incident and did not touch the girl or say anything to her, Ms Lacey said.

She said that the older boy had asked her client ‘are you going to be gay?’, meaning was he afraid, and that her client believed there would be adverse postings about him on social media if he did not agree. Her client had just turned 14 at the time and believed the victim was the same age.

Consent

Ms Lacey said a Probation Service report noted that he had little understanding of the concept of consent, and did not realise the victim and he himself were both too young to consent.

She said he bitterly regretted his actions and was offering an unreserved apology to the victim.

The report shows that he had displayed a considerable extent of victim awareness and of the harm to her psychological well being and her reputation, counsel said.

“He accepts he should have stood up to peer pressure to an older and more streetwise boy and should have done the right thing,” she said.

Sentencing him on Monday, Mr Justice Michael White said there were “particularly demeaning” aspects to the offence for which this defendant was not responsible.

Mr Justice White said he accepts that the accused was acting under the influence of his older co-accused, but that the younger boy nevertheless acted in a reprehensible way and participated in the humiliation of the victim.

He said the aggravating factors in the case were the seriousness of the offence and the impact the offence had on the victim.

He said the case was mitigated by the accused’s age, his previous good character, the influence of the co-accused, the offence being out of character and his awareness now of the impact on the victim.

Mr Justice White ordered that the younger boy carry out 180 hours of community service in lieu of a one-year term of detention. He also ordered that he remain under the supervision of the Probation Service for one year and engage in victim awareness training and offence focused work.

The older accused, now aged 20 and due for sentence in October, cannot be identified in order to protect the anonymity of the complainant. The younger defendant cannot be identified because he is a juvenile.