A pair of brothers have bravely shared the identity of their mother, who subjected one of them to five years of sick incestual abuse.

Julie Menard, a bus driver from Ottawa in Canada, was sentenced to a decade in prison last week for incest, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and assault on her son Jonathan Lepage, who was only 10 years old when the abuse started

A court heard how the mum used to call her child up to bed for 'nap time' before performing the sick acts on him.

The horrific abuse only stopped when Jonathan began to stand up to her after he turned 15, having realised that regular sex with his own mother was not normal.

As a teenager Jonathan also stopped Menard from grooming his younger brother, who was regularly beaten, by her body-slamming him in the front room.

However, a publication ban issued by the courts meant that despite the conviction, Menard could not be named in public — until the now-grown sons had the measure lifted on Friday (May 6).

Speaking out after she was identified for the first time, Jonathan, now 35, told the Ottawa Citizen: “It was important that the community know her name. That’s part of the justice. She doesn’t get to hide anymore.

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“She hid. These incidents took place in our house and no one was the wiser, so now her name’s out."

He added that Menard had "lost the label of mother" for her sickening crimes, and said it was important for the family and the community that she was named and shamed, as neither he or his brother were children who required protection anymore.

In court Ontario Court Justice Trevor Brown took several hours to issue a verdict last week, saying he needed time to consider a sentence fit for Menard's "atrocious" crimes.

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