Boy, 17, appears in court charged with rape and attempted murder of schoolgirl, 10, in Exmouth

Boy, 17, appears in court charged with rape and attempted murder of schoolgirl, 10, in Exmouth

The 17-year-old male appeared via video link and pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to an alleged incident in October.

Wearing a t-shirt, he sat and listened to proceedings at Exeter Crown Court, speaking only to confirm his name and enter not guilty pleas to three charges.

He is charged with attempted murder, rape and attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle with intent to commit rape.

Prosecutor Anna Vigars QC said a trial, lasting eight days, was due to take place in February.

High Court Judge Mrs Justice May finalised some arrangements for the trial.

The defendant, who cannot be named due to his age, will be represented at the trial by Richard Smith QC.

Detectives from Devon and Cornwall Police were also in court to hear proceedings.

The alleged attack sparked a major police investigation in the Exmouth, Devon, and shocked the community.

Police have previously issued a statement reminding the public not to speculate about the identity of those involved due their ages.

Mrs Justice May adjourned the case to the trial on February 25.

The defendant was remanded in custody until then.



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