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Workington ‘gang-rape’ jury hears closing speeches

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] JURY in the trial of four schoolboys who stand accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in Workington has begun hearing barristers’ closing speeches in the case.

Four teenage schoolboys are on trial at Carlisle Crown Court. All aged under 16, they each deny two rape allegations, and further deny an additional sexual assault on the female.

The charges arise out of an incident in a dark, muddy field in Workington on the evening of January 3.

Jurors have heard evidence from the girl, who claims the boys took turns to rape her during what the prosecution alleges was a “pack” sex attack.

However, the boys insist all sexual activity which took place with the girl was consensual.

On day eight of the trial today (WED), prosecutor Tim Evans delivered his closing speech after the conclusion of all evidence.

Two of the boys’ barristers then also made speeches. One, Robert Wyn Jones, told the jury of seven women and five men: “You need hardly be told by me that this is a truly awful case for all those involved. Very difficult evidence to hear.”

Speaking of the boys’ ages, Mr Wyn Jones said to jurors: “When you heard the charges your hearts may have sunk. A very serious case. An awful case. An important case.”

The remaining speeches will be delivered tomorrow. Judge Peter Davies will then sum up the case before inviting the jury to start its deliberations.

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