Schoolboy, 15, accused of raping 8-year-old

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A WIGAN schoolboy has appeared in court accused of raping an eight-year-old boy.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to the offence.

The boy is alleged to have raped a child under the age of 13 between January and June last year.

He was further remanded on bail until July 20 for a hearing ahead of a plea and case management hearing on August 3. A provisional trial had been set for the week commencing November 9.