O'Leary twins detained over summer riots in Liverpool

Jordan and Joshua O'Leary
Image caption Jordan and Joshua O'Leary have both been detained in a young offenders' institution for two years

Twin brothers have been detained for two years for taking part in rioting in Liverpool over the summer.

Jordan and Joshua O'Leary, 18, were part of mobs who confronted police in south Liverpool on the night of 8 August, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Gangs of young men rampaged through Toxteth and Wavertree throwing missiles at police and damaging property.

Jordan, of Wavertree, and Joshua, of no fixed abode, both admitted violent disorder at a previous hearing.

Jordan was seen throwing a missile at police lines outside his home in Smithdown Road.

'Hatred and venom'

His brother was heard to shout at officers: "Come on then. Get in your vans. Come on, come and get it."

Prosecutor Martin Decker said: "That night saw large groups of people attacking property, police and other people, using missiles and other items.

"(Jordan) was seen by police to throw a missile towards the police line and run away."

Officers who witnessed Joshua shouting at the police described his actions as filled with "hatred and venom", Mr Decker added.

Judge David Aubrey QC was also shown CCTV and TV footage of Joshua climbing on to top of a burnt-out car.

Jeremy Rowson, mitigating, said the brothers were not ringleaders and had not initiated the disorder.

The judge told Jordan his behaviour was "undoubtedly stupid, irresponsible and dangerous" and ordered him to serve two years in a young offenders institution (YOI).

Joshua was also detained for two years at a YOI.

"If anything was designed to encourage others to behave in a threatening and lawless fashion, that was it," the judge told him.

Det Supt Ian Mulcahey, of Merseyside Police, said: "Today's sentence highlights that we are continuing to take action against those involved in the violent disorder and they will be dealt with effectively by the law.

"The O'Leary brothers will now face a lengthy amount of time behind bars where they will have chance to reflect on what they have done and the effect on their family.

"The disorder had a significant impact on the community and we are continuing with our enquiries to find those responsible for the violent disorder and putting them before the courts."

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