I posted the other day about how difficult it was to get convictions in rape trials even with incredible evidence. In this case the perpetrators’ lawyer claims that it couldn’t have really been rape because the girls were unattractive and probably wanted the attention.
lawyer Sheilagh Davies, acting for one of the defendants, said the girls consented to sex “maybe to gain attention, maybe to gain affection”.
She told the jury one of the girls, who testified via video link, had “slimmed down a lot” since the incident in southeast London last November.
The barrister added: “She was 12st 6lb – not quite the swan she may turn into. She may well have been glad of the attention.”