A schoolboy who raped his younger brother and sister has been jailed for almost five years.
The boy, 15, who cannot be named for legal reasons, raped his sister when she was four and his brother when he was five.
The sexual assaults only came to light when the little girl spoke to their mother while they were walking home from school. She later told police about her brother’s ‘yucky’ acts.
At the time of the offences, which he originally denied, the boy ‘of below average intelligence’ was aged between 13 and 14.
However, he pleaded guilty ahead of a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
The teenager admitted raping and sexually assaulting his sister and two counts of rape against his brother.
Charlotte Kenny, prosecuting, said the young girl ‘made unsolicited comments’ in front of her elder brother, which he initially denied, the Liverpool Echo reported.
Ms Kenny said: ‘He protested his innocence. When they got home, he was seen to punch the wall in anger.’
Their mother then contacted social services, who in turn called the police, the court heard.
Ms Kenny said the girl told police that what her elder brother had done was ‘disgusting and yucky’; the younger boy said it happened several times and he didn’t want to do it.
Their mother sobbed and told the court she loved her children and wanted to do her best to support all of them – adding she was worried the younger siblings would remember the abuse when they were older.
She also said that the youngsters missed having their brother around.
Judge Steven Everett said: ‘One can only hope because they are so young the memory will fade.’
Experts said the teenager had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ‘conduct disorder’ and ‘substance abuse disorder’.
Judge Everett said: ‘In reality this defendant was predisposed to drinking too much alcohol and taking drugs.’
Andrew McInnes, defending, said he had ‘below average intelligence’ and ‘found it difficult to comprehend the implications of what he has done’.
Judge Everett said: ‘This was a terrible thing. Despite all your difficulties at 13 or 14, and no doubt all of the difficulties of growing up, in terms of hormones and sexual approach of a teenager, you would have known that what you did was wrong.
‘This is I suppose a real classic example of what sadly happens when one person within a family commits offences on other family members. It just tears the family apart.
‘One can only have huge sympathy for your mum. How does she deal with this?
‘It’s highly unlikely in truth that you will ever see your siblings again.’
The boy cried as he was sentenced to four years and nine months in jail.
He was told he would need to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Source: Dailymail. Co. Uk