Slavery suspects seen with alleged victims in 1997 documentary

Documentary footage of the man said to have kept three women as slaves in south London has been uncovered by ITV News.

The pictures of Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda were shot in 1997 as part of a documentary about the death of Sian Davies, who died after falling from a window at the house they shared.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, left, and his wife Chanda, in the wheelchair outside a 1997 inquest into the death of commune member Sian Davies. Credit: ITV News

In another clip from a 1997 ITV documentary, Aravindan Balakrishnan, also known as Comrade Bala, is seen walking towards an inquest wearing a pink shirt and brown jacket.

The filming also showed two of the women who were rescued from the house last month.

ITV News believes this woman to be Aishah, the 69-year-old Malaysian woman rescued from the alleged 'slavery' house in south London.

ITV News believes this woman to be Aishah, the 69-year-old Malaysian woman rescued from the alleged 'slavery' house in south London. Credit: ITV News

She is pictured in a 1997 documentary about the death of Sian Davies, who died following a fall from a window of a house used by the group.

According the press reports from 1978, a 34-year-old woman called Aishe Waham was arrested following a police raid on the group's headquarters.

Press reports from 1997 quote an Aisha Wahab giving evidence at a coroners' inquest into Sian Davies' death.

A Telegraph report today says the woman was originally known as Aishah Mautum, who moved to Britain in 1968 from Malaysia before becoming involved with the Maoist group.

ITV News understands that one of the alleged victims is this woman, Josephine, who is now believed to be 57 years old.

She is pictured here as part of an ITV documentary in 1997 about the death of Sian Davies, who died after a fall from the window of a house used by the group.

Press reports from 1978 say a then 22-year-old commune member, Josephine Herival, was arrested during a police raid on the group's headquarters in Brixton. Sian Davies was also arrested at the same time, according to the reports.

ITV News understands that this women is Josephine, 57.

Josephine, pictured above, is believed to be the Irish woman mentioned in recent police reports.

It now it appears a third woman rescued may well be the 30-year-old daughter of Sian Davies.