TWIN brothers from Zimbabwe have been jailed after repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl for months in the United Kingdom.
Steven and Stanley Muchemwa (31) were last Thursday sentenced to 14 and 15 years in jail respectively at Bolton Crown Court after a judge branded the abuse a�?particularly shockinga�?.
According to a United Kingdom newspaper, The Bolton News, the pair committed the offences at their home in Dunsop Drive, Bolton.
They both raped the child, usually in their bedroom and sometimes when other children were also sleeping in the same room.
Steven first started touching the girl early in 2016 when she was just 10 years old and the pair started raping her during the school summer holidays after she had turned 11.
During the course of the trial, the girla��s mother told Judge Graeme Smith that her world had a�?come crashing down around hera�? when she heard what has been happening.
The girla��s mother said she was a�?completely shockeda�? after her daughter revealed the ordeal to the head teacher at her school and a�?devastateda�? that she had trusted the men to take care of her.
She went on to say there had been a a�?massive changea�? in the girla��s personality since the incidents, saying she had become a�?clingya�? and was not sleeping well due to bad dreams.
The court heard 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.
Giving evidence during the trial, the girl said when Steven first raped her, his brother Stanley had walked into the room while it was happening but had taken no action to stop it.
Both men had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, although Steven would go on to change his plea to guilty before the trial began.
Prosecuting, Kathryn Johnson, said: a�?Stanley had seen what his brother was doing. ItA� was following that that Stanley started to rape her.a�?
Adding: a�?He would tell her he was teaching her what to do for when she had a boyfriend.a�?
Ms Johnson went on to say that Stanley had told the girl she would get into trouble if she told anyone about what had been happening.
She told her head teacher in October 2016 in what Judge Smith described as a a�?brave decisiona�?.
Ms Johnson recounted what the teacher found, saying the girl was in an a�?extremely distressed statea�? when she began to explain her experiences.
She added: a�?Initially she wouldna��t explain why she was so upset. She told the head teacher she had been abused.
a�?Police and social services attended and spoke to her and her mother was contacted.a�?
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.
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. a�� The Bolton News