Identical twin brothers who can't be told apart by their DNA are both in court accused of rape
- Identical twins Mohammed and Aftab Asghar, 22, both charged with rape
- DNA evidence linked the alleged crime with one - or both - of them
Identical twins have appeared in court charged with the rape of the same woman.
Mohammed and Aftab Asghar were arrested after DNA evidence allegedly linked one – or both – of them to the crime.
Prosecutors will almost certainly need to use other evidence to build their case.
Accused: The pair of identical twins, aged 22, have appeared in court charged with rape
Identical twins have matching DNA, according to the Forensic Science Service, so a case based solely on such evidence may well fail because prosecutors would be unable to isolate who was responsible for the alleged rape.
Police and the Crown Prosecution Service are still trying to determine whether they should continue to pursue the case against both men.
The twins, 22, appeared at a preliminary hearing at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday when prosecutor Sandra Beck requested more time for the Crown to pursue lines of inquiry.
She said: ‘It is an unusual case. They are identical twins.
Twins: Prosecutors have charged Mohammed (left) and Aftab (right) Asghar as DNA can't tell them apart
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'There is further work due and there is an indication which would tend to support that one was not at the location.
‘It may mean that only one of the defendants faces trial.’
No details were divulged about the circumstances of the alleged offence of November 5, 2011.
Neither defendant entered a plea and both were granted bail. The brothers, from Reading, are expected to face a trial on December 2.
Identical twins have the same DNA because they originate from the same egg, which divides into two embryos after it is fertilised.
They are always the same sex and have the same blood type – though their fingerprints will differ.
Twins who are not identical do not carry the same DNA.