18-year-old Miss Emily Thomson was so infatuated with her half-brother Mr. Matthew David Thatcher, 26-years-old, that she helped him photographing and ultimately raping three young children.
Mr. Matthew David Thatcher and Miss Emily Thomson have now been jailed along with Miss Mandy Wright, 28-years-old, after all together admitting to some 36 counts of sexual abuse of the under-16s.
Mr. Thatcher was charged with 15 offenses, including rape and sexual assault of a child whilst Miss Thomson was charged with 16 counts including sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The brother received a sentence of 26 years in prison, whilst the sister will have to be jailed for 12 years.
The crown court in Cardiff was told that the girl was completely infatuated with her brother and “did not view him as a relative.”
Mr. Thatcher and Miss Thomson took photographs of themselves whilst sexually assaulting the children and then sent round graphic messages about their abuse and discussed their planned abuse.
Public Prosecutor Mr. Rees said: “The images and messages showed a careless disregard for the welfare of the children.”
He told the judge that Mr. Thatcher went further every time: “He discovered that he was capable of doing the most dreadful things. He was caught up in something that he found very difficult to get out of. It was a dreadful thing that was taking place.” At a certain point, the children were crying “like they could not breathe”.
Police officers discovered hundreds of images of kiddy porn depicting sexual abuse of children on both the sister and brother’s phones. Photographs were taken during the trio’s abuse of young children, including dozens that had to be marked in the most extreme category.
The abuse, in the end, came to light after Mr. Mathew Thatcher had been caught trying to hook up with what he thought was a 14-year-old he had been messaging on Facebook, but it turned out to be an undercover police officer.
Ms. Karen Thomas of South Wales Police, who investigated the horrible crimes, said: “Today, Matthew Thatcher, Emily Thomson and Mandy Wright have been given long and deserved sentences for what are abhorrent crimes which have had a devastating impact upon their victims. Absorbing the detail and the nature of the abuse committed by these individuals has been harrowing for even the most experienced professionals involved in the investigation. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly commend the bravery of the victims in this case; they have experienced things which nobody should have to endure.”