TWINS, who were brought up in Brechin, have been sentenced for having sex with the same 13-year-old girl.
The 19-year-olds, Darren and Nathan Mitchell, appeared at Forfar Sheriff court one week apart to receive sentencing for both having sex with the 13-year-old within minutes of each other on October 10.
Both twins had previously admitted to befriending the youngster before taking her back to Nathan’s home to have sex.
On the day of the incident the youngster, described as “vulnerable” had returned home from a family holiday and had self-harmed.
She met the twins at a bus stop where she got into conversation with them. At this point she told them her age.
The girl was then taken to Nathan home where she first engaged in intercourse and sexual acts with Darren. After this Nathan entered the room and proceeded to have sex with her.
During this time the girl’s mother reported her daughter as missing to the police. Inquiries led the police to Nathan’s flat at around 1.15 am the next morning.
When police entered the flat they found the teenager hiding in a cupboard.
During police investigations the girl wrote on a piece of paper that she had slept with both of the brothers.
The twins initially faced a charge of rape before it became apparent that the act had been consensual.
Nathan, who had been on remand since October 12, was first to be sentenced when he was given a two-year custodial sentence and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
At the time of the offence Nathan had been considered a “low risk” despite being on the sex offenders register. Once released from Rossie Secure Unit Nathan will be under licence for an extension peroiod of one year.
During this time he will have heavy supervision and will be forbidden from mixing with children under the age of 16 without approval.
At the sentencing of Darren Sheriff Kevin Veal told him that a comparative sentence to Nathan was not appropriate as he was the subject of three separate probation orders and a five-year sexual offenced prevention order at the time of this incident, in which he took a “leading role”.
Darren was given an extended sentence of 45 months in a young offenders institution, which will be in two parts - a custodial term of 30 months, and from the date of his release he will be under licence for an extention period of 15 months.
Darren will be banned from having unapproved contact with anyone aged under 16 years, going near playparks, skateparks and schools or accessing the internet.