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Boy, 16, in court accused of raping girl, 8, in park

Boy, 16, in court accused of raping girl, 8, in park

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in a park.

The teenager, dressed in a grey tracksuit, stood in the dock and spoke only to give his name and address, which cannot be reported for legal reasons, during the five-minute hearing at Manchester Youth Court.

Members of the public were not allowed in court and only reporters and lawyers were present along with the defendant's mother and father, who sat in the public gallery holding hands, as the case was sent to Crown Court for a further hearing in two weeks.

Sabrina Sohota, prosecuting, told the court the allegation is that the youth raped the young girl in Nuthurst Park in the Moston area of Manchester at around 6.55pm on Saturday.

No plea was entered by the defendant, the court heard, and there was no application for bail.

Reporting restrictions were not lifted.

Remanding the teenager in custody, District Judge Mark Hadfield told him: "This charge is an extremely serious charge. It is going to be committed to be dealt with at Manchester Crown Court, where you will appear next on the 10th of July."

The defendant smiled and nodded to his parents as he was taken down.