Sunday, January 31, 2010
11 and 12-Year Old Brothers Sentenced for Torture
LONDON – A pair of British children who lured two other youngsters to a secluded area and subjected them to a horrifying catalog of near-fatal abuse were sentenced to at least five years in custody Friday.
The attackers, 10 and 11 at the time, were convicted of robbing, beating, and stabbing their victims with sticks and bricks. One child, 10, had a sink thrown onto his head, while his nephew, 9, was forced to eat nettles. The violence included sexual degradation, Justice Brian Keith said during the sentencing.
The attackers suffered from a "toxic home life," according to Peter Kelson, who represents the eldest brother. Kelson said his client watched ultra-violent films like the "Saw" series, had access to pornographic DVDs, drank cider, had 10 cigarettes a day and smoked cannabis grown on his father's plot from the age of 9. Many television bulletins lingered on the sign affixed to the outside of the family's home, which read: "BEWARE OF THE KIDS." By Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press Writer
What the #%@&... I mean, yeah, they were picking on somebody their own size, but holy cannoli. Sinks to the head, eating sharp plants, these punks were sporting quite the arsenal. This is probably the most bizarre story I've ever read in my life, beating out "Green Eggs and Ham" and "James and the Giant Peach."