08/09/2015 13:07 BST | Updated 08/09/2015 13:59 BST

Marseille Identical Twins Rape Case Solved After Victims Reveal Speech Impediment

A rape case involving identical twins has finally been resolved, 10 months after both brothers were taken into custody because police couldn't determine who was to blame.

Yoan and Elvin Gomis, 26, were arrested over a series of sex attacks in Marseille, France, between September 2012 and February 2013.

Police struggled to advance their case as neither brother would confess, they shared the same DNA, and the victims were unable to tell them apart in photographs.

The brothers lives were so intertwined, they reportedly shared an apartment in Marseille, a phone, car, clothes and used the same Facebook account.

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Elvin Gomis whose twin brother Yoan has admitted a string of sex offences; both brothers were held in custody for ten months as police were unable to work out who was responsible

So, as a precaution, the brothers were kept in custody.

The police breakthrough came after some of the victims revealed Yoan, who is partially deaf, had a stutter.

After being questioned again, Yoan denied sexual assault but admitted attacking the women.

However, on Monday on the first day of his trial Yoan pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, three attempted rapes and one act of sexual aggression.

He reportedly told the court: "I am sorry for having lied all this time."


"I was ashamed of myself, I just couldn’t admit it.”

Elvin was subsequently released from custody.

Yoan's lawyer Vanessa Cerda said that the twins' relationship had not suffered even though Elvin spent 10 months in prison for his brother.

According to the Mirror she said: "They have never mentioned it. (Elvin) absolutely does not hold it against him. It is all part of the mystery of twins."

Yoan is expected to be sentenced on Friday.