Boys attempted rape conviction appeals rejected
Two boys who were found guilty of the attempted rape of an eight year-old girl in west London have lost their appeals against their convictions.
Three Court of Appeal judges in London dismissed the appeals brought by the pair, who are now both 11.
The boys were cleared of rape but found guilty of attempted rape at the Old Bailey on May 24.
The boys had denied assaulting the girl and their lawyers claimed they were just being naughty or playing a game.
The Old Bailey trial heard that the girl was attacked close to her home last October.
The Appeal Court upheld the trial judge's decision to let the jury decide if the girl was a reliable witness, but the court said it was dismayed that the case had been heard at the crown court and not at a youth court.
The boys will be sentenced on August 16.