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The Truth About The Edlington Devil Brothers: Vile Pictures

by | 23rd, January 2010

court-scetch IN Edlington, Doncaster, two brothers tortured two boys. They sexually abused them. One boy almost died. It’s a rare case. But can it be used as an emblem for a bigger debate. A voracious media and a complicit David Cameron get to work.

With no real names given to protect he victims as well as the guilty, the tabloids get to rebranding them. They are the DEVIL BOYS

THE Sun (front page): “Fury as Devil Boys get 5 years”

NEXT TIME THEY’LL KILL – Victim’s dad warns – Never let them out

THE father of a boy left close to death after being tortured by two devil brothers yesterday warned they will kill if released. The shocked dad had watched in court as the 11 and 12-year-old – who had a “Beware Of The Kids” sign outside their home –

Says he:

“Never let them out. Next time they will kill. I am certain of that. I don’t think it will ever be safe to release them. I am convinced they will do it again. They loved what they did. You could see it on their faces in court. They were smiling. They are bloodthirsty.”

For sure.

One of the victim’s mum screamed “You evil little b*****ds” at the devil brothers who tortured her ten-year-old son as they were caged yesterday for a minimum of only five years.

Yes, a minimum of only five years. But with no maximum sentence. And that is crucial. The judge says they “may well be in detention for much longer”.

The Express is shocked at the sentenced of JUST five years. “Just” is a tabloid word that must always prefix a sentence short of death or life without a chance of parole.

THE brothers who tortured two innocent young schoolboys were jailed for just five years yesterday and can look forward to a life of taxpayer-funded benefits.

Benefits? Like a cell? Like being watched by the authorities? Like having to report to the police regularly? Are these the benefits of crime?

Their crimes were vile. Crimes often are. Pssst! Wanna know how vile? The Sun wants you to know:

The judge had spent two days listening to harrowing accounts of how the brothers – then ten and 11 – lured their victims to a secluded spot in Edlington, South Yorks, and subjected them to savage violence and sexual degradation in April 2009. Boulders were thrown at their heads and dropped on them and they were whipped with sticks.

The older brother tried to strangle one of the boys with a metal hoop. They were also burned with cigarettes, forced to undress and covered with a plastic sheet which was set alight. They were then forced to sexually abuse each other. The brutes filmed the boys’ torment and gloated, “Hell of a picture” as they viewed the footage.

A 12-second video clip shown to the court showed their 11-year-old victim – now 12 – with blood caked and pouring down his swollen face.

How do you respond to that? Do you recoil in horror and find it impossible to read on? Or is there an almost perverse enjoyment in reading of the horror? Do the details make the crime any more real, or in some way reduce it to a show, the words filling in gaps that the imagination would make yet still worse? One day, will a child say that they read how to torture a child in the tabloids?

The Daily Star’s front page agrees that the guilty are Devil Boys. The Star gives the qwords of one victim’s mother in full:

“You evil little bastards. You f***ing arseholes.”

Of course, with the little arseholes in jail, the media will look for someone else to blame.

The Mail duly delivers:

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