The ‘Devil Brothers’  one now 18 and back in Jail 

The ‘Devil Brothers’ were released after serving six years in December, for the shocking torture of two friends, aged nine and 11

Court drawings of the two boys, who can never be identified under current rulings, at the trial in 2010. 

They were found burnt and tortured near a ravine in Edlington, near Doncaster

The brothers were freed and given lifetime anonymity when a judge ruled they were making a commitment to rehabilitation

Around eight months on, one has been recalled to prison, for knife possession 

A child torturer who burned a boy’s eyelids with a cigarette is back in jail months after being freed after being caught with a knife.

The 18-year-old is one of two brothers who were locked up over a horrific 2009 attack on two boys aged nine and 11.

Despite public outcry over the atrocity, during which one child begged ‘leave me to die’, the pair were controversially given new identities to preserve their anonymity.

In December last year the brothers were freed after convincing judges they were ‘committed to the path of rehabilitation’.

Court drawings of the two boys, who can never be identified under current rulings, at the trial in 2010. 

There have been frequent calls for the identities of the boys, now teenagers, to be revealed. Above, the ravine where they tortured their victims

Above, a tent covers the area where one boy was found, barely alive, after the 90 minute ordeal. 

But in May the younger thug was found to be in possession of a blade and returned to jail – and now critics are demanding his name be released.

The brothers were aged ten and 11 during their ferocious 90-minute attack on their two victims in a ravine in Edlington, South Yorkshire eight years ago.

The pair, who lived in a home which had a Beware Of The Kids sign, threw boulders at the boys’ heads, whipped them with sticks and tried to strangle one.

They forced the victims to eat nettles, strip, abuse each other and then covered them in plastic which was set alight.

Judges ruled that the brothers, now 18 and 20, should be detained for a minimum of five years for GBH. They were also granted ‘truly exceptional’ lifelong anonymity. 

After their release, probation officers are understood to have become worried about the younger brother’s behaviour and carried out a spot check at his residence, where they found the knife.

He is now in an adult prison ‘indefinitely’ while he is monitored. A Parole Board will at some stage decide whether he is safe to release again.

His anonymity will continue to be protected by a new identity, at a cost of at least £500,000 to the taxpayer.

The ravine at the scene of the incident, where the two boys, aged nine and 11, were found tortured and burned

A police officer guards the crime scene in 2009 after the shocking discovery of the boys, who were subjected to a 90 minute torture session

A source told The Sun: ‘It makes a mockery of the reasons for giving them both anonymity. The younger brother made all sorts of promises to the court and got protection for the rest of his life from scrutiny as a result.

‘But a few weeks later he’s back in custody and yet he’s still protected by his new identity, all paid for by taxpayers.’

They added it’s ‘secret justice of the worst kind’ and ‘an absolute joke’.

The brothers’ lifelong anonymity order is only the fourth of its type imposed by a British court.

The first was granted to Jon Venables and Robert Thompson – the killers of toddler James Bulger – in 2001. 

The children’s playground close to where the horrific attack took place

Jon Venables lawyer recalls representing the 8-year-old killer. 

The first was granted to Jon Venables and Robert Thompson – the killers of toddler James Bulger – in 2001.

It granted them protection from having their new identities revealed following their release from custody.

Venables was sent back to prison in March 2010 for downloading child abuse images, and was freed again in September 2013.

The second order was for Mary Bell, convicted in 1968 of the manslaughter of two boys aged three and four, who was granted lifelong anonymity in 2003.

Maxine Carr, lover of double-murderer Ian Huntley, was given the third. She was jailed for three and a half years for providing the killer with a false alibi.

The brothers case is the strictest order yet as it protects both their original identities, which were not made public at the time of their conviction, as well as their new names.


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