Garage where man was "kept as slave" burned down

The garage of a house in Sheffield where a man with learning difficulties was falsely imprisoned has been firebombed. The Rooke family pleaded guilty to keeping 34-year-old Craig Kinsella "like a slave".

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Police: Slavery case could have ended up as murder investigation

Detective Inspector Vicky Short, who led the investigation, said:

The physical and mental abuse meted out by the Rooke family on a highly vulnerable man plumed the depths of depravity.

David, Donna and Jamie Rooke abused Mr Kinsella for their own pleasure until his spirit and will to stand up for himself and fight back was crushed.

It has hard to understand how any human being could treat an individual in such a grotesque, callous and inhuman manner.

I am confident that if we had not received that phone call that day last July we would have been investigating a murder.”

– Detective Inspector Vicky Short

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