October 2011

Brothers jailed for child sex abuse

Brothers Kevin and Kenneth Begley have been jailed for carrying out sex attacks on children

Two brothers who carried out sickening sex attacks on five children have both been jailed.

Kevin Begley, 39, and Kenneth Begley, 33, committed the degrading offences over a 16-year period, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Elder brother Kevin was likened by a judge to a “medieval tyrant” for the way he abused his victims – threatening them with retribution if they did not comply or told anyone. Kenneth – described in court as being of low IQ – was said to have been under the spell of his brother.

The court heard that the offences were committed in the Swindon area of Wiltshire between 1991 and 2007.

Judge Simon Darwell-Smith jailed Kevin Begley for 18 years and his brother for five-and-a-half years. The brothers were both placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and made the subject of indefinite Sexual Offenders Prevention Orders banning them from contact with children.

The brothers went on trial at Bristol Crown Court in June where Kevin Begley faced 40 charges and his brother eight charges.

A jury convicted Kevin Begley of 37 charges – 12 indecent assaults, seven of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, six rapes, five charges of child cruelty against a person under 16, five charges of indecency with a child under 14, one charge of causing or inciting sexual activity with a child under 13 and one sexual assault of a child under 13.

After a four-week trial, Kevin Begley, of Toothill, Swindon, was acquitted of one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The jury could not reach verdicts on two charges of rape and they were ordered to lie on file.

His brother, also of Swindon, was convicted of two charges of indecency with a child under 14 and one indecent assault.

The jury was undecided on two indecent assault charges and three charges of indecency with a child, which were also ordered to lie on file.