London: An eight-year-old girl in England, who was allegedly raped by two 10-year-old boys last October, has admitted in a court that she lied to her mother about the incident because she feared she would not get any sweets.
In the trial at the Old Bailey, the child confessed that all three kids had pulled down their own underwear.
She believed it was a "naughty" act, and had not wished to tell it to her mother.
The girl answered the questions of Linda Strudwick, who represented the older boy, via videolink connecting her to the court.
On October 29 last year, the girl said she had been playing outside her house in Hayes, west London with the boys.
The court heard how the girl joined the older boys and then they all went into a block of flats, then a bin shed next to the flats, followed by a field nearby. It is there that the alleged rape took place.
Strudwick asked about the moment the youngsters exposed themselves to each other, in a form of "I`ll show you mine if you show me yours", reports The Telegraph.
Referring to her client, she said: "He took his pants down... The younger boy took his pants down... and you took your knickers down?"
To each question, the girl replied "yeah".
Strudwick said: "That was a little bit naughty, but nothing too terrible. You were all giggling at the time because it was naughty and it was silly."
The girl smiled and said shyly: "Yeah."
Strudwick said: "You knew that you had done something that was naughty? You didn`t want your mum to find out because if your mum found out, no sweeties.”
"When your mum came up to you, your mum was not looking very pleased with you? You knew you were going to get into trouble?"
Again, each time the girl replied: "Yeah."
Strudwick said: "You told her the boys had taken your knickers down because you didn`t want your mother to think that you had been naughty? Is that right?"
The girl replied: "Yeah."
Justice Saunders asked: "What were you worried about with your mother?"
"No sweeties," the girl replied.
"Because if you had been naughty you would get no sweeties? Had you been naughty?”
"A tiny bit," said the girl.
Justice Saunders then told the child she had done nothing wrong.
"I am a judge and I know when people have done anything wrong, you have done nothing wrong," he said.
The boys, now aged 11 and 10, have denied two charges each of rape and two charges each of attempted rape of a child under 13.
The trial continues.