South Yorkshire torture brothers granted lifelong anonymity

The scene of the torture
The scene of the torture

Two South Yorkshire brothers who tortured and almost killed two young boys have been granted lifelong anonymity.

Two South Yorkshire brothers who tortured and almost killed two young boys have been granted lifelong anonymity.

A High Court judge granted them anonymity after lawyers argued that releasing their names, when they both turn 18, would breach their human rights.

The brothers were aged 10 and 11 when they tortured two young boys in Edlington, Doncaster, in 2009.

They kicked, punched and stamped on their victims, throttled and cut them, humiliated the boys, hit them with branches and stones and dropped part of an old ceramic sink onto on of their heads.

The brothers cigarettes into wounds and tried to burn one of the young boys, who were left covered in blood after 90 minutes of 'prolonged, sadistic violence'.

The pair were sentenced to an indeterminate period in custody, with a minimum of five years, following the attack but are now free after the Parole Board deemed them no longer a risk to the public.

Lawyers took their case to court today, with the youngster brother approaching his 18th birthday.

They had only lived in Edlington for three weeks before the attack, after moving in with foster parents.

When they were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court, Judge Justice Keith said the pair got a 'real kick out of hurting and humiliating' their victims.

The court heard they had grown up in a 'toxic' home environment of 'routine aggression, violence and chaos'.