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An 11-year-old boy has admitted raping a six-year-old girl near his home in North Wales.
Last week the boy had denied the charges when he appeared at Caernarfon Magistrates Court.
Initially defence solicitor Nicola Jones said there were medical issues involving the boy which may have explained his behaviour.
But yesterday District Judge Andrew Shaw was told there had been discussions between the boy’s parents, his solicitor and his doctor which had led to a change of mind and ultimately a change of plea.
“After very lengthy discussions with his doctor, who has known him for many years, it became clear there was nothing medically that could have caused this type of behaviour.
“I have spoken at length with the boy and his parents and advised them of the consequences of a guilty plea and the decision they have taken, on the basis of my advice, is that he will plead guilty to all the charges,” said Mrs Jones.
The boy was accompanied at yesterday’s hearing by his father and grandmother.
His dad held him close during the 10-minute hearing.
A two-day trial due for March is not now needed the judge ruled.
Adjourning the matter for the preparation of reports the judge said: “It’s an extremely difficult case.”
No details of the charges were outlined in court yesterday but at the previous hearing at Caernarfon Magistrates Court the court heard that he is said to have told the girl, who lives near to the boy’s home in Gwynedd, to accompany him to a nearby pond to see some fish.
At that spot he is said to have asked the girl to perform a sex act on him, the basis of the rape charge.
It was also alleged he pushed her causing her to fall into the shallow pond.
The offences, which happened last August, came to light when the girl returned home crying, soaking wet and covered in mud and told her mother what had happened.
The judge allowed the boy conditional bail until the next hearing.