Page last updated at 13:47 GMT, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:47 UK

Edlington torture boys refused sentence appeal

Court drawing of the two attackers
The brothers were detained indefinitely in January

Two brothers who tortured two young boys during a prolonged attack have lost a Court of Appeal challenge against their sentences.

The brothers, aged 10 and 11 at the time of the 2009 attack, were detained indefinitely in January and told they would serve a minimum of five years.

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, said the crimes committed were "horrendous".

The boys' victims, aged nine and 11, were subjected to a brutal assault in Edlington, South Yorkshire.

The brothers were not present for the Court of Appeal hearing.

Lord Judge, sitting in London with Mr Justice David Clarke and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones, rejected the applications for permission to appeal.

They knew precisely what they were doing and precisely why they were doing it
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge

Ruling that the indeterminate sentence was "entirely appropriate", Lord Judge said: "No-one can possibly know when it may be safe for either of these boys to be returned to the community.

"On all the evidence we have, the risk that they represent is one which means that any other sentence than detention for public protection simply cannot be justified because no other sentence would provide the necessary element of long-term public protection.

"So that order must stand in the interests of public safety."

Ordering that the imposition of a five-year minimum sentence must also remain, Lord Judge said the two boys derived "significant satisfaction" from the prolonged ordeal they put their victims through.

He added: "They knew precisely what they were doing and precisely why they were doing it. They were doing it for their own satisfaction."

'Violence and chaos'

Prior to their sentencing at Sheffield Crown Court, Mr Justice Keith heard how the brothers, now aged 11 and 12, lured the boys to a secluded spot in Edlington, near Doncaster, and subjected them to 90-minutes of violence and sexual humiliation.

The judge was told how the boys had a "toxic home life" which involved "routine aggression, violence and chaos".

The brothers admitted causing their victims grievous bodily harm with intent.

They also pleaded guilty to robbing one of the boys of a mobile phone and the other of cash and two counts of intentionally causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The pair also admitted causing another 11-year-old actual bodily harm a week before the boys were attacked.

Mr Justice Keith placed concurrent sentences on all the charges they admitted and each boy was placed on the sex offenders' register for three-and-a-half years.



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