Pensioners keep man as slave for 10 years

Pensioners keep man as slave for 10 years
Published: 2016 July 04 19:59:25 (5456 Views)
An elderly couple from Leicester reportedly kept a man as a slave on a caravan park for ten years until he resembled a 'concentration camp' victim.

Sidney Smith, 67 and his wife Sally, 65, kept the unidentified man in a caravan, which had no running water or electricity.

The court heard the victim was rescued by police last June at Nevada Park in Melton Mowbray, and was found to be living in conditions 'not fit for an animal'.

Residents of Nevada Park would pay Mrs Smith and she would make the victim carry out 'odd jobs' for them, the court heard.

District Judge Tim Daber said: 'Witnesses say that he worked long hours for little or no pay, that he appeared malnourished and gaunt and that he wore dirty and inappropriate clothes.

It was also told that when Mr Smith wanted the victim's attention he 'threw beer bottles at his caravan'.



Steve Plews, vulnerable adults co-ordinator for Melton Borough Council, told the court Mr Smith had once refused him entry to Nevada Park to see the victim.

PC Lindsey Booth also raised concerns after visiting the park in October and speaking to a Romanian national.

It was later revealed that the Romanian man was a potential replacement for the victim.

The couple were prosecuted by Leicestershire Police in a civil court under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act and were handed risk orders, which requires them to treat employees humanely.

Detective Constable Jo Turnbull, who led the investigation, said: 'We have been able to challenge this behaviour and safeguard future workers at Nevada Park, ensuring no further offences are committed in the future.

The case is the first to be prosecuted in the East Midlands under this new legislation.



Source - Metro

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