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Schoolboys cleared of sexual assault charge

PUBLISHED: 13:56 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

TWO 14-year-old boys have been cleared of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old in the school lavatories after one claimed it was a joke.

TWO 14-year-old boys have been cleared of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old in the school lavatories after one claimed it was a joke.

The teenagers were accused of picking on the young boy and trying to make him give one of them oral sex.

But following a trial at the Inner London Crown Court the boys, one from Beckenham and the other from Enfield, Middlesex, were cleared of sexual assault and attempted rape on Monday afternoon.

It was claimed the assault took place at a secondary school in Stratford, east London, on March 17.

Police were called to the school when the 11-year-old boy had left the toilets in tears and immediately reported an attack to a teacher, but one of the suspected bullies told jurors the youngster had misunderstood a practical joke.

He claimed his friend had interrupted him using the urinal and spun him round as the boy walked by.

He said: "My friend came up my back. He had his hands round my arms and was shaking me about. My penis was outside my trousers and I hadn't finished. I was trying to make him let go of me.

"Then I saw the little boy try to walk past. My other friend's hands were on the little boy's shoulders. I had my penis in one hand and was trying to loosen his hand on my arm."

The 14-year-old said the first friend then told the boy to "suck his d**k."

He said: "I started getting angry, telling him to let go. I turned back to use the urinal and went to wash my hands."

Asked how he felt about the incident afterwards, he said: "I thought it was a joke."

Earlier Prosecutor Emma Smith claimed someone in the group kept saying: "Do it, do it.'"

Addressing the teenager who had been urinating she added: "The boys were laughing weren't they? You decided to pick on the younger boy?"

The accused denied all her suggestions but conceded the boy looked 'unhappy' as he left the lavatories.

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