Teen acquitted of rape of girl under 13
AN 18-year-old from Uxbridge has been acquitted of the rape of a girl under the age of 13 after prosecutors offered no evidence against him.
Three people were charged with sex offences against one victim at different times and locations in Uxbridge between March and July 2014.
Ben Adaway was charged with rape alongside two others, but the charges against him have been dropped.
A 17-year-old from Southall was convicted of intentionally touching the underage girl but was spared jail.
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had a Youth Rehabilitation Order made against him when he was sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in April.
After being charged with rape, the youth had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of touching the victim in February.
Mr Adaway, of Frays Waye, had been charged in January with rape and his trial was due to start on Tuesday August 30, before the case was dropped.
A third man, Billy Lee Scarrott, is due to stand trial for rape at Isleworth Crown Court on September 26.
Scarrott, 20 of Paitile Walk in Uxbridge, pleaded not guilty to the charge at the same court in April.