Wirral paedophile newsagent brothers jailed
These are the faces of the brothers jailed today for a shocking campaign of child sexual exploitation.
Ilvarasan and Vinothan Rajenthiram were sentenced to a total of almost 40 years behind bars after being found guilty of 27 sex offences between them.
The pair used a Birkenhead newsagents run by their family as a “magnet” to attract girls – some as young as 14.
Ilvarasan, of Grove Road in Wallasey, was convicted of 15 counts of sexual activity with a child and three counts of sexual assault, dating back to the summer of 2010.
The 26-year-old was sentenced to 22-and-a-half years, which includes a four year extended licence term.
Vinothan, of Billinge Road, Wigan, was found guilty of one count of rape, four counts of sexual activity with a child and four counts of sexual assault – the first offence taking place in the summer of 2011.
The 27-year-old faces 14 years in jail, with a four year period on licence.
All the offences, against nine girls (the majority of whom were aged between 14 and 16 years), occurred during a five-and-a-half year period between 2010 and January 2016.
Both men have also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.
During the trial the jury heard how the two brothers, who owned convenience stores in Birkenhead, Walton and Garston, and groomed teenage girls who were customers in the shops.
In most cases they gained the trust of the young girls and then took the relationship further by coercing the girls, who were under the age of consent, to take part in sexual activity after plying them with alcohol.
Ilvarasan Rajenthiram, 25, from Birkenhead, was found guilty of:
15 counts of sexual activity with a child
3 counts of sexual assault
2 counts of perverting the course of justice
He was sentenced to 18-and-a-half years in custody plus an extended licence of four years.
Vinothan Rajenthiram, 27, from Birkenhead, was found guilty of:
4 counts of sexual assault
1 count of rape
4 counts of sexual activity with a child
1 count of perverting the course of justice
He was sentenced to 14 years in custody plus an extended licence of four years.
Jailing them Judge Norman Wright said: “You both abused your position in the shops to target teenage girls.
“You groomed them systematically finding out their names, getting their mobile numbers or using the victim’s modern media WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook.
“They were subjected to highly sexual comments and behaviour,” said Judge Norman Wright.
He said that they befriended the girls, who were aged 14 and 15, and gave them free sweets, mobile phone top-ups and serving them cigarettes “to win their trust and confidence.”
“Once you had built up their confidence you invited them to go for drives, listen to music, chill out.
“The final step was to take them back to unoccupied flats and ply them with alcohol. So you provided a heady environment for young adults.”
He said that the “catalyst of alcohol was no doubt calculated to disinhibit or make them more compliant to your sexual desires.
“It was all about your sexual gratification, not friendship, not being mates, but sexual gratification.”
He pointed out that they were considerably older than the victims and targeted young teenagers who were “naive, immature and no doubt impressed by the attentions of older men” who had used an BMW and Audi to drive them to the flats above shops to abuse them.
Both men, who are Sri Lankan, had denied all the allegations against them.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Vinothan’s rape victim was also one of the girls abused by his brother.
Judge Wright pointed out that when one of Vinothan’s victims who was 15 complained to her mum about his behaviour in grabbing her breasts and commenting on them but when she went round he laughed in her face.
On another occasion her brother went round to remonstrate with him and offered to fight but was pulled away by their mum and on a third occasion her youth club worker called round but Vinothan also just laughed at her.