Teen's sentencing hearing for rape and murder of 9-year-old set for today

The sentencing hearing for the 17-year-old boy charged with the rape, buggery and murder of a nine-year-old schoolgirl in Westmoreland four years ago, is scheduled for today.
The sentencing was initially set for last Friday but was pushed back because Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn was unavailable.
During the trial, the court heard that on June 5, 2018, the nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and killed by the boy, who was 13 at the time and lived near her.
The girl was killed after she accepted his invitation to pick apples as they walked home from school. 
The teenager, in an unsworn statement, said he was forced to commit the act after he was held up by two men, one carrying a machete and the other a gun. 

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