madness going to stop? This time it's Britain. There Judge David Farrell sentenced two men convicted of raping an 11-year old to just 40-months imprisonment. The judge accepted their claim that she "looked 14" and gave them a reduced sentence on finding the child was a "willing participant" even though she was five years shy of the age of consent.
Judge Farrell said there were exceptional features to the case which led him to reduce the sentences to 40 months.
The two men had maintained they believed the girl was at least 14, and, after viewing evidence, the judge agreed she appeared that age.
He said the prosecution accepted that the girl had not objected to what was happening, and the men had pleaded guilty at the earliest stage and did not have previous convictions for sexual offences.