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Farm owner pleads guilty to forced labour charge

A farm owner has pleaded guilty to forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for more than 13 years.

David Daniel Doran, 42, admitted requiring homeless Darrell Simester to perform forced or compulsory labour. Credit: Wales News Service

David Daniel Doran, 42, has been on trial at Cardiff Crown Court for the past three weeks on a compulsory labour charge alongside his father Dan Doran, 67.

But today Doran junior changed his plea - resulting in the prosecution dropping the case against the elder defendant.

The court has previously heard that missing Kidderminster man Darrell Simester was found in an "appalling" state on Cariad Farm near Newport, last year.

The former warehouse worker said he worked 15-hour days without pay and was made to live in a rat-infested shed for a decade.

His parents Jean and Tony said their 44-year-old son looked more like a man in his nineties and later found he had a massive hernia protruding from his groin.


Liver surgeon suspended over 'avoidable deaths'

A specialist liver surgeon who used to work in Leicester has been suspended over the "avoidable deaths" of eight patients he operated on in south Wales.

Consultant surgeon David Paul Berry, based at University Hospital Wales, has been banned by the General Medical Council (GMC) from doing any further liver surgery.

A professional review of 31 of his patients while with the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, found that 10 went on to die, and "eight of those 10 deaths were avoidable."


Guilty plea gives 'no satisfaction' to Shropshire teen's family

Georgia Williams Credit: PA

Giving their initial reaction to Jamie Reynolds' guilty plea, the family of Georgia Williams family have released the following brief statement:

“The pain we feel is as raw now as it was when our beautiful Georgia was taken from us back in May.

“We will never ever be able to make any sense of what happened, or why it happened to a young woman as caring, kind and generous as our Georgia.

“Today’s guilty plea gives us no satisfaction at all; we do not and will never understand the heartbreaking events of earlier this year that changed our lives forever.”

Man pleads guilty to murder of Georgia Williams

Superintendent Adrian McGee has given his reaction after 22-year-old Jamie Reynolds pleaded guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Georgia Williams at Stafford Crown Court earlier today.

Jamie Reynolds Credit: West Mercia Police

Georgia Williams was murdered at Reynolds’ home address on Avondale Road on Sunday 26 May 2013 and having pleaded guilty to the murder, Reynolds is now likely to be sentenced later this month.

Speaking outside the court having heard the guilty plea, Supt McGee – who was one of the senior investigating officers in this case - said:

“It is important that Mr Reynolds pleaded guilty today as this at least saves Georgia’s family the further trauma of a full trial. We know the plea does nothing to ease their pain but hopefully it will help them begin to move forward with their lives once sentence is passed.

“The Williams family have been incredibly dignified and understanding throughout our investigation and I cannot praise them highly enough.

“This was a hugely challenging and unusual case for the police officers and staff involved and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping the investigation reach this point.

“I’d particularly like to thank all the witnesses who came forward with information to assist our investigation, while I’d also like to thank the media for their help in publicising our appeals and helping us find Georgia and return her to her family.

“At the present time we do not wish to make further comment until sentencing takes place later in the month.”

Man changes plea and admits murdering Shropshire teen

Georgia Williams Credit: PA

A man accused of strangling a 17-year-old girl and dumping her body in woodland before fleeing to Scotland has admitted murder.

Jamie Reynolds, who previously denied the charge, pleaded guilty to the murder of Georgia Williams, during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

The 23-year-old was at the centre of a UK-wide manhunt in May after killing Georgia in their home town of Wellington, Shropshire, and dumping her body in woodland near Wrexham.

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