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Both Ilvarasan and Vinothan Rajenthiram were jailed for making eight vulnerable girls the subject of their sexual desires.They befriended their victims with free sweets, crisps and cigarettes before flirting, bribing and coaxing them into sex acts despite their youth.ADVERTISINGinRead invented by >And had others not been more aware of the manipulative tactics of the paedophile brothers, it is almost certain the number of victims would have risen well into double figures.The offences of the Rajenthirams, known affectionately as Ara and Vino by the girls taken in by their depraved approaches, spanned six years.It is hard to believe, as the men moved between victims and friendship groups, that they could not have been stopped earlier.And the truth – acknowledged today, following the completion of an investigation into how their case was handled by the authorities – is that it should have been.Missed opportunities, according to Wirral’s child safeguarding chief, allowed the abuse “to go on undetected for longer than it should have”.Professor Maggie Atkinson adds that “grave errors” were made in the care of one victim, and repeats the apologies she offered after the brothers were jailed earlier this year.Those mistakes are not publicly identified.Read MoreRajenthiram brothers Paedophile newsagent brothers jailed Sex abuse victim’s moving story Rajenthiram brothers jailed reaction How Rajenthiram bros. groomed victims The Serious Case Review has not been disclosed over fears it would identify the victim.The ECHO has raised its disappointment at this decision – transparency is essential to holding public bodies to account and making sure lessons are learned.But it has to be accepted the protection of the victim is paramount, and the unique circumstances of this case do present difficulties over detailing the failings without revealing who she is. Best Price newsagents – the shop at the centre of a child exploitation ring The ECHO is aware of those unique circumstances because it followed this case in a 15 month investigation now vindicated by the review.From the moment the Birkenhead shop used as a hub for the exploitation was shutdown in the courts, reporters followed the probe despite being gagged from reporting on it.Read More’Grave errors’ allowed paedophile Wirral brothers to continue sick campaign of abuseThis included a five month crown court trial, the details of which could not be reported until the brothers were found guilty and sentenced for their crimes.For me, personally, that meant attending court on days off and before late shifts in order to piece together just how such serious offending had continued for so long. Brothers Ilvarasan (left) , 25, and Vinothan Rajenthiram, 27, who have been jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for committing a string of sexual offences after they used their convenience stores to groom teenage girls with free sweets and crisps By probing the case, a host of concerns emerged over how Wirral Council’s social services handled it.Social workers had been aware one victim, a girl in its care, had a relationship with then 21-year-old Ilvarasan as early as 2012.First, the victim’s lies that the relationship was not sexual were accepted.Contact then continued – including unsupervised meetings between the girl and Ilvarasan even after social workers flagged concerns they were having sex.While 16, but considered so vulnerable as to be placed in care more than 100 miles from Birkenhead, the victim was still allowed unsupervised contact with Ara – even staying the night with him.Read MoreShop used by paedophile brothers to exploit vulnerable teens could reopenSeparately, one victim’s mum revealed fears about the Rajenthirams as early as 2011. She did not make a formal complaint, though Merseyside Police passed the concerns to the council.And poor record keeping by social services undermined the prosecution case – as defence lawyers argued a lack of documents detailing fears one victim was in an underage sexual relationship meant that those fears had not actually existed.Context is crucial.The Rajenthirams’ abuse came against a backdrop of chaos within Wirral’s social services.

 

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