This may have been covered before, but there are new bits of information that have come to light as to the horrific nature of the torture inflicted on a 9 year old boy and his 11 year old uncle at the hands of brothers aged 10 and 12. The attack happened in Edlington, in the South Riding of Yorkshire, in April this year. Initially charged with attempted murder, the brothers have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of GBH with intent. The Crown Prosecution Service have said that they accepted the lesser charges so as to spare the victims having to relive the attack again in court. The lesser charges still carry the same maximum sentence as attempted murder, the maximum being life imprisonment.
The times is reporting some of the case today, the full story can be found here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6821037.ece
It is shockingly scary that children can do this. Reminds me so much of the James Bulger case in Liverpool in 1993.
There was a person on Sky News this morning who said that ultimately the parents are to blame, and that is something I agree with. Not only should the children be on trial here, the parents should be as well. They also said that if the children were exposed to domestic violence in the womb, then they can become totally immune to the concept of appathy and of other people's suffering. Not sure if I buy this though. One this is for sure, these have got to be two very disturbed, very troubled children. I'm not sure prison is going to be the right place for them; they need some serious psychiatric help, so would rather see them be sent to a psychiatric hospital for a considerable length of time.