Teen ac­quit­ted of rape of girl un­der 13

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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