A 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to three years in prison in the UK for raping a 20-year-old girl - mercy shown to him because of his age.
Judge Paul Glenn at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court lifted a restriction preventing the publication of Khan's identity after hearing details of the horrifying attack.
AdvertisementThe judge heard how Balal Khan ran up behind his victim and grabbed her around the neck as she walked through a secluded area near Cobridge, in Stoke-on-Trent one evening in September last year.
He punched and kicked her as she lay on the ground before raping her.
Robert Price, prosecuting, said: 'She started screaming and attempted to get to her feet.
'He responded by punching her in the mouth and knocked her back on the ground.
'He stood over her and kicked her to the side of her face. He started shouting at her and warned that if she struggled he would "kill" her.'
The court heard two boys, aged 10 and 11, who knew Khan, stood nearby and shouted at him to stop, but in vain.
Afterwards Khan, of Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, took the victim's bag, containing an iPod and mobile phone.
He then answered a call from the victim's boyfriend. When asked why he had the phone, Khan bragged about what had taken place.
He later sold the phone and iPod, but not before making a call to his parents' home. The mobile's call records led police straight to Khan's address.
Naomi Perry, mitigating, said he had shown remorse for what he had done.
'We are dealing with a very immature young man,' she said.
'He has been having anger management classes and he feels these have helped him.'
An adult convicted of the same crimes would have been jailed for eight or nine years.
By law, anyone under 18 years old faces a lesser sentence for rape than an adult, and for those aged 14 or under the term is reduced further.
Khan was sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution.