On 4 April, 2009, an 11-year-old boy and his 10-year-old brother led two boys, one who was 11-years-old and the other who was 9-years-old, to a steam in Edlington, South Yorkshire. The two boys claimed they wanted to show the other two boys some toads. When they arrived at the decided location, the brothers unleashed unimaginable torture on the two youngsters.
They were bitten, battered with bricks, stabbed with sharpened branches, strangled with barbed wire, forced to walk on and eat glass, and burnt. In addition, the young boys were forced to carry out sexual acts on one another. The sadistic brothers even stubbed out lit cigarettes in their open wounds and poked sticks into their sores. A discarded sink was dropped onto the older boy’s head while the duo stamped on the young boys genitals and burnt their eyelids and ears.
When they became too “tired” to carry on with the vicious attack, they left them to die in the stream. Miraculously, the 9-year-old managed to pull himself up and crawl to help. His 11-year-old friend said: “I can’t see and I can’t move my body. You go, and I’ll just die here,” but when the 9-year-old found help, the first thing he told them was to go and save his friend. Both young boys survived but with physical and psychological scars that will last a lifetime. The man who found the younger boy, caked in blood, said “his neck had been sliced open from ear to ear. Lord knows what with.“
“The Torture Brothers” as they became known filmed the entire ordeal on their mobile phones, which was entered as evidence during their trial. They were sentenced to an indeterminate period in custody with a minimum of five years, and in December of 2016, they were granted lifelong anonymity. They have since been released.