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Peckham boy raped for ‘having a poor phone’

PECKHAM RAPE: The boy was sexually attacked in south London (PA)

A BOY aged 13 was raped by a teenager because he had a cheap mobile phone that was not worth stealing, a London court heard today.

The 15-year-old attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed a four-year sentence at youth detention centre after he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape at Inner London Crown Court.

The victim was taken by his assailant to the top floor of a block of flats in Peckham, south London, where he was raped.

The court was told the boy begged for it to stop because it hurt, but his attacker replied: “Good, that's what you get for not having a good phone. I'm going to scar you for life.”

The rape happened on January 14 at the Yellow Brick Estate.

The guilty teenager was only 14 years old when he carried out the sex attack.

Prosecutor William Eaglestone said the victim went home crying and got in the bath after the traumatic ordeal.

He said: “His mother came home and saw him in the bath.

“She kept asking what was wrong and the victim finally said, 'Don't tell anyone, I have been raped’”.

In sentencing the young offender, Judge Roger Chapple said: “You were apparently punishing him [the victim] for not having a mobile phone you could steal from him.

“A quite sad and disquieting theme that has run through this case is the power, control and domination you sought to exercise over your victim and your apparent wish to degrade him.

“When he told you how much you had hurt him you expressed satisfaction and threatened to scar him for life.”

In a statement read to the court, the victim’s mother said: “My son has changed from being bubbly and lively into a shy and withdrawn young boy – it breaks my heart.

“I don't understand that this could happen because our family believes in peace – we are God fearing people.”

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