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Man admits to rape of 12-year-old girl he met on Facebook

A Newcastle man has offeredno explanation for his actions during sentencingfor the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl he met over Facebook last year.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied he had done anything more than hug the victim and kiss her on the cheek –until shebecame pregnant and had a miscarriage.

The 19-year-oldpleaded guilty to four charges of sexual intercourse with a child between the ages of 10 and 14 after DNA testsidentifiedhim as the father of the child.

Herepresented himself in Newcastle District Court, even though he wasurged by the judge and Crown prosecutor to allow aLegal Aid solicitor to represent him.

He was warned he was facing a lengthy jail sentence for the offences, which carrya maximum penalty of 16 years imprisonment.

But the man, who has already spent the past nine months in custody over the charges, said“I don’t want no legal representative because then they have to adjourn it for another year”.

According to police facts tendered to the court, the man told police he originallysought the girl out on Facebook because he had wanted to “bash her ex-boyfriend”.

Over the course of severalconversations the pair began“dating” and the victim allowed the offender to visit her family home.

Howeverthe prosecution argued the victim showed “immaturity”and “naivety”by asking what the offender meant when he laid her down and told her “don’tworry about what isgoing to happen” before having intercourse with her.

He assaulted her another two times that night, even though the victim’s mother made him sleep on a sofa bed in another room.

The offender alsotook the victim’s mobile phone offher when she told two friends what had happened.

He was on parole for aggravated robbery at the time of the offences and theprosecution arguedhe should not be shown leniency because of his extensive criminal history and lack of remorse.

However he will get a discount for his guilty plea when sentenced on September 21.

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