25th July, 2018
A Bolton Crown Court has handed down 14 and 15 year jail sentences to two brothers who were convicted of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl over a period of months in a case that the judge branded “particularly shocking”.
The two brothers who happen to be twins, Steven and Stanley Muchemwa, aged 31, were said to have committed the heinous crime at their home in Dunsop Drive, Bolton, where both men raped the girl, usually in their bedroom and sometimes also when other children were also sleeping in the same room.
As the trial went on, the girl’s mother told Judge Graeme Smith that her world had “come crashing down around her” when she heard what had been happening.
She went on to say that she was “completely shocked” after her daughter revealed the ordeal to the head teacher at her school and “devastated” that she had trusted the men to take care of her.
The girl is said to have had a “massive change” in her personality since the incidents and was not sleeping well due to bad dreams.
The court was told that Steven first started touching the girl early in 2016 when she was just 10 years old, while the pair would go on to rape her in the school summer holidays after she had turned 11.
In her statement during the trial, the girl informed the court that, when Steven first raped her, his twin brother Stanley walked into the room while it was happening but did nothing to stop it.
The twin brothers initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, but Steven would later go on to change his plea to guilty before the trial began.
Kathryn Johnson, who was the Prosecuting Officer had this to say on the case:
“Stanley had seen what his brother was doing. It was following that that Stanley started to rape her. He would tell her he was teaching her what to do for when she had a boyfriend.”
The Prosecutor went on to say that Stanley had told the girl she would get into trouble if she told anyone about what had been happening. Unfortunately for him, the girl decided to tell her head teacher about the whole episode in October, 2016. The teacher reportedly said the girl was in an “extremely distressed state” when she began to explain her experiences. She went on to tell the court that;
“Initially she wouldn’t explain why she was so upset. She told the head teacher that she had been abused. “Police and social services attended and spoke to her and her mother was contacted.”
Following a trial earlier this year, Stanley was found guilty of one count of sexual assault of a child under 13 and four counts of rape of a child under 13.
On the other hand, his brother Steven was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and seven counts of rape, both of a girl under 13. He was also found guilty of one count of assault on a female, and a further count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.