The teenage accomplices took turns to rape the child a dozen times over several months at various locations in east London. The sex attacks, on three separate dates between September 2009 and March 2010, were said by Elizabeth Smaller, prosecuting, to have been motivated by a “mixture of bullying and possibly gang bravado”.
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 McDonald’s lavatory in East Ham, where one of them raped her.
The leader, now 15, was convicted of two rapes following a trial. A 15-year-old boy earlier admitted raping the girl in the McDonalds cubicle. A 16-year-old denied the Central Park rape and was cleared and a third 15-year-old was also cleared of rape.
Following the verdicts Judge Patricia Lees allowed the leader bail with a strict tagged curfew ahead of sentencing on March 20.