‘Indefinite’ sentence to two brothers not to be challenged

THE British Government’s chief law officer has decided not to challenge the sentences handed down to two brothers who sadistically tortured two young boys.

Last month the attackers, now aged 11 and 12, were sentenced to indefinite detention with a minimum term of five years for the brutal assault in Edlington, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, was urged to refer the sentences to the Court of Appeal. But in a statement she said: “The judge was clearly correct to impose indeterminate sentences of detention and I agree with his analysis and with the minimum terms he set.”

There was public outcry over the sentences, with commentators and children’s charities suggesting it was wrong that the boys could be released before their 16th birthdays. Lady Scotland called in the case papers, but yesterday rejected the suggestion that the jail terms were unduly lenient.


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