Anger over evil South Yorkshire brothers seeking lifelong anonymity

The place where two boys were abused in Edlington
The place where two boys were abused in Edlington

Residents in a South Yorkshire village where two brothers tortured and almost killed two boys have spoken of their anger at lawyers fighting for their identities to remain a secret.

The brothers, who were nine and 11 at the time, subjected two young boys to 90 minutes of 'prolonged, sadistic violence' in Edlington, Doncaster, in 2009.

Their victims, who were 10 and 11, were battered with bricks and branches, cut, stamped on, kicked, punched and throttled.

One of the boys had part of an old ceramic sink dropped onto his head.

The brothers, who are now free, were sentenced to an indeterminate period in custody, with a minimum term of five years.

They were released when the Parole Board deemed them no longer a risk to the public.

They were granted anonymity until they both reach adulthood, and with the younger brother due to turn 18 their lawyers have launched a legal bid for their names to remain a secret.

The case will be heard in the High Court in London tomorrow.

Pensioner Derek Wright, who went to the aid of the younger victim in 2009, said: "I still live that day now. I was a miner and I've seen people involved in accidents in the mines, but I've never seen anything like that, a child looking like that."

"I couldn't see him. All I could see was his little eyes and his mouth, but even his mouth was choked up with blood.

"He was just looking at me as if to say 'Help me', he was begging me."

"I call them (the brothers) animals but animals take care of their young. They didn't take care of anybody."

"If people had seen what I've seen, they would know that nobody in their right mind could do that to another kid. They will never change."

Mr Wright said he is still in contact with the boy he helped in his house seven years ago, and he added that he is now a 'fine young man'.

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