An 11-year-old girl was raped in a McDonald’s toilet in a campaign of sex attacks involving up to eight underage members of a street gang, a court heard yesterday.
The 11-year-old was first attacked in a park by two boys, one said to be the gang leader who was the youngest member, aged just 13 at the time, Inner London Crown Court heard.
He led a second attack at his east London home, involving a queue of up to eight thugs.
On the final occasion in March 2010 she was cornered by three boys in the McDonalds toilet in East Ham, where one of them raped her.
The leader, now 15, was convicted of two rapes following a trial but he was let out on bail yesterday, ahead of sentencing next month.
She remembers saying 'can’t you leave me alone' but she also said that she knew what was going to happen and in the end, just let it happen.’
After the first boy had sex with her, jurors heard a second then raped her too.
This was followed by bullying, with the boys calling and texting her not to tell anyone what had happened, the court heard.
A week later, the girl went to the ringleader’s home in east London, where she was attacked by him followed by the rest of the gang.
The gang later beat her up in Central Park, as a warning not to tell anyone about her ordeal.‘
A couple of weeks later, she was beaten up again, and afterwards she was verbally abused by some girls - asking her why she was with the gang and calling her a slag,' said Ms Smaller.
Several months later, the girl was spotted by the 15-year-old in McDonald’s in East Ham, and he followed her into the restaurant’s toilets where he proceeded to rape her.
She initially did not say anything about the attacks, but was convinced to go to the police by a cousin in September 2010.
The 15-year-old ringleader denied three counts of rape and was convicted of the first and third offence.
The 15-year-old admitted the McDonalds rape.
A 16-year-old denied the Central Park rape and was cleared.
A third 15-year-old was also cleared of rape.
Miss Smaller said there was only enough evidence to bring charges against the four teenagers, but others may be prosecuted in the future.
Following the verdicts Judge Patricia Lees allowed the leader bail with a strict tagged curfew ahead of sentencing on March 20.