Boy ‘raped sister, 4, then bribed her with Skittles to keep quiet’



A schoolboy allegedly raped his little sister and bribed her with Skittles to keep her quiet, a court heard.

The boy, who is now 13, is also accused of sexually assaulting the four-year-old during game of hide and seek.

It was heard in court that the child, who is now five, confessed her ordeal to her mother while having a bath.

She said it happened when her half-brother was aged 12.

Her mother tearfully gave evidence at the boy’s trial and revealed the girl showed her where she was abused using a doll.

She said: ‘She said to me “Mummy I want to tell you something”. She didn’t normally say things with such an introductory manner.

‘She wanted to tell me. It was something important to her. She said it happened while they were playing hide and seek.

‘She said she didn’t like it and didn’t want to do it.

‘Afterwards I put her to bed and cuddled her and told her she was a very brave girl for telling Mummy.

‘That was the only time they had played hide and seek on the stairs unsupervised.’

The youth court hearing, held at Brighton Magistrates’ Court in East Sussex, was told the alleged offences happened between January and August last year.

The boy denies two counts of rape and one of sexual touching.

After the girl’s initial disclosure, she divulged further details about a week later – and said the boy gave her sweets to keep quiet.

Her mother said: ‘She said he offered her sweeties to do this.

‘She said she didn’t like it but she liked the sweeties.

‘I said to her liking sweeties was perfectly all right but he should never have offered her sweets to do something like that.

‘She was clearly disgusted. She said “he made me like Skittles”. She was clearly cross about that.

‘She said “don’t tell him” because he had told her not to say anything.

‘I said to her “why didn’t you tell Mummy?” and she said “he told me not to”.

‘She told me it had happened a thousand times.

‘She doesn’t understand exactly what a thousand means, but it means many.’

The mother said her daughter and half brother – who would visit their home every couple of weeks – had previously had a good relationship, and ‘he seemed to care about her’.

She added: ‘Then suddenly she kept saying “I don’t like him”, that he was cheating her – but that was her language at the time for teasing.

‘She stopped looking forward to his visits’.

After her daughter’s confession, she told the children’s father, then called the NSPCC who contacted the police on her behalf.

The trial was adjourned and will continue on August 16.

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