Teen admits having sex in Warrington park

Warrington Guardian: Halton Magistrates Court Halton Magistrates Court

A 16-YEAR-OLD male is waiting to discover his fate after admitting having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Peel Hall Park.

The defendant, who lives in Warrington, was 15 at the time of the incident.

At Halton Magistrates Court on Friday, he admitted taking the girl into a ‘secluded’ area of the park, after telling her he was going to have sex with her.

The court heard they knew each other and the defendant did not ‘reasonably believe’ she was 16.

He pleaded guilty to engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, with the incident happening on May 27, last year.

The defendant cannot be named for legal reasons.

District Judge Wendy Lloyd said he ‘knew what he wanted’.

She said: “The crown have nailed their case to the mast, to say (he) isn’t a sexual predator, but guilty of sexual naivety.

“It very much seems to me he knew what he wanted and how to carry it out.

“Perhaps that needs to be looked at specifically.”

Oliver King, prosecuting, said the victim and defendant are ‘two young, immature people’.

“(They) were on their bikes together,” he said.

“They were going to meet a mutual friend.

“According to (the victim), they didn’t know each other very well.

“They walked into Peel Hall Park.

“She says the defendant initiated contact.”

The court heard the defendant made no comment during two police interviews.

Mrs Lloyd criticised him for ‘a terrible waste of public money’ in delaying a guilty plea.

Six forensic reports were required, before he admitted the offence.

It caused the investigation to run up ‘massive costs’ of ‘several thousands of pounds’, the court heard.

Mrs Lloyd added: “I’m speculating how much public money has been wasted.

“This could have been dealt with months ago if the defendant had admitted what happened.”

The hearing was adjourned for the Probation Service to carry out a pre-sentence report.

The defendant will be sentenced at Halton Youth Court on August 1.

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