A THIRTEEN-year-old boy’s sexual activity with his own sister came to light after the young girl was seen ‘displaying sexualised behaviour’ towards a neighbour’s grandson.
And at Warwick Crown Court the boy, who is from the Coventry area but cannot be named because of his age and to protect his sister, was sentenced to five years detention.
The youngster had pleaded guilty at Coventry Youth Court to two charges of raping his sister by having intercourse with her and two of raping her by getting her to perform oral sex.
He will have to register as a sex offender for life and be detained in a secure children’s home for two-and-a-half years and then be supervised for another two-and-a-half years.
Prosecutor Andrew Tucker said that earlier this year one of the family’s neighbours became concerned about things she was told the girl had been saying to her grandson.
“The neighbour then caught her displaying sexualised behaviour towards her nine-year-old grandson.
“That raised concerns in that lady’s mind, and she began her own investigation and then notified the police.”
As a result the girl, who was ten or 11 at the time of the offences, was spoken to by the police.
She revealed that her brother had put her on the bed and told her to take off her clothes before getting her to perform oral sex and then having intercourse with her.
And she said it had been taking place about once a week, which was confirmed by the boy, who had also shown his sister a video clip he had downloaded onto his phone of an act of oral sex.
Mr Tucker pointed out that there was ‘no suggestion of any coercion,’ but the offences were classed as rape because of the girl’s young age.
When the boy was arrested he immediately admitted he had been having sex with his sister, but said that if she had asked him not to, he would not have used force to do so.
He claimed he did not know it was wrong at the time, but accepted he had told her not to say anything about it.
Richard Murray, defending, submitted: “Because of the way this offence has arisen, he does not pose a risk to society in general.
“The two children had a very close bond, and that has manifested itself in a totally inappropriate manner.”
Sentencing the boy, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You had sex with her, and in legal terms that is rape because of her age at the time. There is no suggestion you forced her to do it, but it’s clear you knew what you were doing was wrong.”
Pointing out that if he had been ten years older the ‘starting point’ would have been ‘something like 18 years,’ before giving him credit for his pleas, she told him: “In my judgement this is much too serious for a youth rehabilitation order.”