16-year-old charged with attempted murder and rape of 10-year-old girl in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:12 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 08 October 2018

Exeter Magistrates Court. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter Magistrates Court. Picture: Terry Ife

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A 16-year-old male is in court in Exeter today charged with attempted murder and rape

A 16-year-old male has been formally charged with the Attempted Murder and Rape of a 10-year-old girl in Exmouth.

The incident took place on Thursday (October 4) in the Marley Road area of Exmouth.

The suspect, who cannot legally be named due to being under the age of 18, will appear at a Youth Court hearing, held within Exeter Magistrates Court on Monday 8th October.

Police have reminded the public of the law surrounding the case.

Anyone who is alleged to be a victim of a sexual crime are automatically granted anonymity for life; regardless of their age and regardless of the outcome of any subsequent criminal trial.

Any suspect under the age of 18 is also by law not allowed to be identified.

These rules are not solely for media organisations to adhere to, they also apply to members of the public and include information posted via social media.

This may be seen as interfering with a live investigation and an active criminal trial, and therefore could see those who do not adhere found in contempt of court. This means that they would find themselves called before a judge and landed with a criminal record.

The Exmouth Journal will be in Exeter Magistrate’s Court this morning.

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