23 Jan 2010

Brothers who tortured UK boys sentenced

10:49 am on 23 January 2010

Two brothers in Britain who tortured two boys in a sadistic attack have been sentenced to an indefinite period of detention.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how the pair, then aged 10 and 11, threatened to kill their nine-year-old and 11-year-old victims in Edlington.

The judge said the boys used violence and sexual degradation to dominate their victims during the 90-minute ordeal in April 2009.

The brothers will serve a minimum jail term of five years and have been placed on the sex offenders register for three years.

After sentencing, Doncaster Council's director of children's services offered a profuse apology to the victims for deficiencies which left the brothers free to attack.

The court earlier heard the brothers, who were placed in foster care a few months before the attack, had a chaotic upbringing with their violent father, mother and five brothers.