‘Infatuated’ Emily Thomson, 18, Matthew Thatcher, 26, and a third woman jailed for vile campaign of sexual abuse against three young children
Emily Thomson, 18, was “in love” with her twisted half-brother Matthew Thatcher, 26, when she helped him rape and assault the youngsters in a wicked campaign of sex crimes.
Emily Thomson was said to be ‘in love’ with her paedo half-brother when she joined him in sick sexual abuse of kids
She and Matthew Thatcher filmed themselves raping and abusing three young children
The sick siblings and a third woman Mandy Wright, 28, have been locked up for a total of 45 years after admitting a total of 36 charges relating to the sexual abuse of the three children aged under 16.
Cardiff crown court heard Thatcher and Thomson took photographs of themselves sexually assaulting the children and sent graphic messages about their abuse and discussed their planned abuse.
The harrowing abuse at one point caused the children to cry “like they could not breathe”.
A medical examination of one of the young victims showed signs of “chronic sexual abuse”, the court heard.
Cops found hundreds of images of the trio sexually abusing children, including dozens of vile pictures marked in the most extreme class, Category A – which includes images of rape and torture.
Judge Eleri Rees said: “The images and messages showed a careless disregard for the welfare of the children.”
The judge added of Thatcher: “He descended into the darkest of places.
“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.”
Lawyers acting for Thomson said she was “blinded with her infatuation” of Thatcher and that she was “in love” with him and “did not view him as a relative”.
Wright, 28, was also jailed for her part in the crime, including possessing images of child sex abuse.
Mandy Wright was also jailed for her part in the crimes, including possessing images of child sex abuse
The trio’s sustained abuse came to light after Thatcher was caught trying to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old he had spoken to over Facebook.
Prosecutor Suzanne Thomas told the court that the messages became “sexual” and they arranged to meet up.
After Thatcher arrived at the location the woman reported the matter to police.
Recorder Rees sentenced Thatcher to 26 years, Thomson to 12 years, and Wright to seven years.
Thatcher was charged with 15 offences, including rape and sexual assault of a child, and Thomson was charged with 16 counts including sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Wright was charged with five offences. The court also imposed sexual harm prevention orders on the three defendants, all of Cardiff.
DCI Karen Thomas of South Wales Police said: “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.”
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