Brothers 10 and 12 attack. What is going on?
This story makes you think of what is becoming of a nation, and its citizens. If we judge a society by how the worst of its citizens act, as well as how we treat the weakest. Britain today, had failed badly. 10 and 12. The ages of the two attackers. The acts they committed are beyond excuses, and comprehension. The question has to be. How can this be allowed to happen? And the boys due to their young age. Where were their parents, and how culpable are they in this?
Two brothers aged 12 and 10 today admitted carrying out a brutal attack on a pair of young boys during which they tortured, robbed and sexually assaulted their victims.
The brothers – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were in foster care when they lured their victims, a boy aged nine and his 11-year-old uncle, to semi-wild parkland on the edge of Edlington, a former pit village near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on 4 April this year.
The boys were subjected to what prosecutors at a previous hearing called a "horrific, violent, sustained physical attack" involving bricks, sticks and a noose.
The victims also suffered cigarette burns and were forced to perform a series of sexual acts on each other.
Today at Sheffield crown court, where their case was sent to be tried in the adult judicial system, the pair admitted grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery, and forcing a child to take part in sexual acts.
Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, described the offences as "grave crimes".