Teen, 17, who raped girl, 10, as she walked home from school jailed for seven years.

A TEENAGE boy who raped a 10-year-old girl as she walked home from school and left her lying unconscious in a stream has been jailed for seven years.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked the girl in Exmouth, Devon, in October last year.

 A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced for the rape of a ten-year-old girl

A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced for the rape of a ten-year-old girlCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

She had taken her phone out to call her mum when she heard footsteps running behind her.

Bristol Crown Court heard the girl was grabbed around the throat and dragged down a bank into the stream by the defendant, who raped her after she fell unconscious.

Members of the public heard the disorientated girl calling out for a teacher and helped her from the stream, with police called a short time later.

The defendant fled the scene but was arrested the following day.

Mrs Justice May jailed the boy, who admitted charges of rape, choking the girl with intent to commit sexual assault and sexual assault, for seven years and two months.

She also imposed an extended sentence of eight years on licence, which the boy will serve after his release from prison.

The judge told him: "You violated her in the most ugly and cruel way.

"After raping her, you stayed for a short while before leaving her in that state - half in and half out of the water, soaking wet.

'WANTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE'

"Why on earth did you do it?"

The boy was cycling home when he saw the girl in a grassy area, close to a riverbank covered in trees, on October 4 last year.

He ran up behind the 10-year-old and grabbed her, throwing her phone into nearby bushes.

The judge said the boy had told a psychiatrist that he was "angry, full of resentment and wanted to cause damage" to another person.

He believed attacking a person in a sexual manner would cause "the most psychological harm", Mrs Justice May said.

"You took steps to inflict the most damage you could on a young person much smaller than you," she told the boy.

"You used a great deal of force on her and you were aware of the impact of your actions."

The judge said that impact on the girl and her family was "as bad as it possibly could be".

A jury acquitted the boy of a charge of attempting to murder the girl following a trial in March.

They were unable to reach a verdict on a charge of rape.

The boy admitted this charge on the first day of his re-trial in July.

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