Girl 'killed man in sex attack claim'

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A teenage girl killed a "dirty paedophile" who she said had abused her, the Old Bailey heard.

She and a boy, both 14, stabbed Robert Daley, 45, after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case, jurors were told. The girl had complained to police, along with her sister and another woman, accusing him of sexual assault.

However, the girl did not make a statement and prosecutors decided that no charges should be brought. After her arrest, she said she had first been abused by Mr Daley at age 12.

"She called Robert Daley a dirty paedophile," said Jonathan Rees, QC, prosecuting, adding that she told police she and the boy had visited Mr Daley's house to "hustle" him for money. When she was in the kitchen, she claimed, he "started to grope her". The boy then came in, picked up a knife, and stabbed him. Mr Rees added: "There is evidence that [the girl] later told people close to her that it was she who stabbed him."

Mr Daley, who denied the sexual abuse claims, was told the accusations had been dropped on the day he died. The boy and girl, who are now 15 but cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murdering him on 23 April. The trial continues.