here. The system of trying children in the Crown Court remains open to considerable criticism. The two boys (now aged 11) who were convicted at The Old Bailey of attempted rape on a girl have been sentenced to supervision orders for 3 years - see The Guardian 18th August. They will also be on the sex offenders register for two and a half years though their mothers have been made responsible for compliance with any notification requirements. The parents have also received 12 month parenting orders.
Here is an item from the Solicitors Journal on this case. Appeals against the convictions were dismissed in July - see BBC 27th July.