Wiltshire

Brothers jailed for abusing children in Swindon

Kenneth Begley and Kevin Begley
Image caption Kenneth Begley, 33 and Kevin Begley, 39 were sentenced to a total of 23 1/2 years imprisonment

Two Swindon brothers who carried out a 16-year campaign of sexual abuse against five children have been jailed.

Kevin Begley, 39, from Toothill and Kenneth Begley, 33, from Pinehurst, were convicted of a string of charges following a trial at Bristol Crown Court in June.

These included rape, child cruelty and indecent assault against children, some as young as six.

Kevin Begley was jailed for 18 years and Kenneth for five-and-a-half years.

Judge Simon Darwell-Smith told Kevin Begley he was like a "medieval tyrant" for the way he abused his victims - threatening them with retribution if they did not comply or told anyone.

"You gave yourself a position which can only be described as a medieval tyrant. If they refused you, you administered corporal punishment," he said.

"You threatened the children with very severe consequences if they ever brought your offending to light."

Both brothers were placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life and made subject of indefinite Sexual Offenders Prevention Orders banning them from contact with children.

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