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Man who kept slave won't have sentence extended

David Rooke's six-and-a-half year jail sentence has been upheld.
David Rooke's six-and-a-half year jail sentence has been upheld. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Leading judges have rejected a challenge brought against the six-and-a-half-year jail sentence handed out to an ice cream business owner who kept a vulnerable man like a "slave".

David Rooke, from Sheffield, forced Craig Kinsella, 34, to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings and ended up scavenging for food in bins.

He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in January after admitting false imprisonment and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm.

David Rooke pictured attacking Craig Kinsella, 34
David Rooke admitted falsely imprisoning and attacking Craig Kinsella, 34 Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London dismissed an application today by Attorney General Dominic Grieve over the "too low" prison term imposed in the case of Mr Rooke.

Mr Grieve had asked Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Stewart to review the term to rule on whether it could be regarded as "unduly lenient".

Rejecting the application, Lady Justice Rafferty said the sentencing judge had not "fallen into error" in what was a "difficult sentencing exercise".

Slavery victim is son of 'anti-slavery' police officer

A vulnerable man who was treated like a slave by a Sheffield family is the adopted son of a former South Yorkshire Police officer.

The Sheffield Star reports the 34-year-old victim is the son of Former Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Kinsella, who established the city's Human Trafficking Centre.

The home in which Craig Kinsella was held has been vandalised following the family's convictions. Credit: Press Association

Now retired, the former officer was involved in drafting the Government's anti-slavery policy.

Speaking to the newspaper, Mr Kinsella said: "This came out of the blue. We had no idea it was happening to Craig. I’ve never doubted this could happen to any family – I used to say that when I gave talks. It’s just ironic it has actually happened to us.

“And unfortunately it re-enforces the message I’ve spent years trying to get across.”

David Rooke, 44, his wife Donna, 40, and son Jamie, 19, were all jailed on at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday by a judge who heard that Craig Kinsella endured daily attacks.

The court was told that the family beat him with a range of weapons while forcing him to work 17-hour days without pay and making him sleep in a garage with a bucket for a toilet.

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Sheffield 'slave' garage set alight last night

The garage at the Sheffield house where 34-year-old Craig Kinsella was kept as a slave was set on fire last night.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say they attended the blaze after a call at 10.15pm last night.

The garage - which is detached from the main house - was well alight when they arrived. It took just under two hours to bring the fire under control and cool cylinders which were lying nearby. There was no damage to the main house or any adjoining property.

Neighbour: 'Slave' case has made us want to move

A neighbour of the family in Sheffield who have been jailed after treating a vulnerable man like a slave said the case has made him consider moving away from the area he has lived in for decades.

The house in Sheffield where a man was kept 'like a slave' has been boarded up after an attack by vandals. Credit: PA

Retired newsagent Raymond Hall, aged 79, told the The Sheffield Star: “It is horrendous. We’ve been thinking about moving and we were here 40 years. I can’t believe that one family can cause so much havoc.”

The paper said that people have contacted it to offer their help to the victim Craig Kinsella, 34, who was found with extensive injuries sustained in "horrific attacks" by the family of ice-cream sellers.

Read: Sheffield home where man 'treated like dog' vandalised

Sheffield home where man 'treated like dog' vandalised

The Rooke family home pictured after it was targeted by vandals. Credit: PA

The home of a family of ice-cream sellers who treated a vulnerable man like a slave has been targeted in an apparent vigilante attack.

Windows have been smashed at the bungalow in Sheffield where the Rooke family subjected Craig Kinsella to more than six weeks of violence.

Today, the property in the Grenoside area of the city was boarded up and a police van was parked outside, guarding the area.

David Rooke, 44, his wife Donna, 40, and son Jamie, 19, were all jailed on at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday by a judge who heard that Mr Kinsella, 34, endured daily attacks.

The court was told that the family beat him with a range of weapons while forcing him to work 17-hour days without pay and making him sleep in a garage with a bucket for a toilet.

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Judge: Family treated vulnerable man 'like a dog'

A judge sentencing the family who kept a man like a "slave" said they had treated him "like a dog".

Judge Peter Kelson QC told the defendants that Craig Kinsella's will "had been completely broken by the way you treated him".

CCTV footage shows Craig Kinsella being thrown about.
Judge Peter Kelson QC said CCTV footage of the abuse was 'impossible to watch without wincing'. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

Judge Kelson continued: "He was fed very little - fed by way of food left out. He was kept hungry. He was constantly beaten and battered.

"He was treated horrendously. He was treated like a dog. The conditions were grotesque and you were just exploiting him."

Read: Sheffield family jailed for keeping man like a 'slave'

CCTV footage 'impossible to watch without wincing'

A judge shown CCTV footage of a man who was treated like a "slave" being assaulted by members of the Rooke family said it was impossible to watch without wincing.

CCTV images of Craig Kinsella being pushed over and kicked.
Judge Peter Kelson QC said the Rooke family used Craig Kinsella like a 'punchbag' and treated him 'like a dog'. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout
CCTV footage of Craig Kinsella being held by the throat.
The court heard Craig Kinsella was forced to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout
David Rooke shown in CCTV images with Craig Kinsella.
David Rooke was jailed for six-and-a-half years after he admitted falsely imprisoning and attacking Mr Kinsella. Credit: South Yorkshire Police handout

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Businessman jailed for keeping vulnerable man a 'slave'

A business owner who kept a vulnerable man like a "slave" has been jailed for six-and-a-half years by a judge who said it was "staggering" this could happen in modern society.

David Rooke forced Craig Kinsella, 34, to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings and scavenged for food in bins, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

David and Donna Rooke were jailed for falsely imprisoning and assaulting a man. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Rooke, 44, admitted falsely imprisoning and attacking Mr Kinsella and was jailed along with his wife Donna, 40, and son Jamie, 19.

Judge Peter Kelson QC said the family used Kinsella like a "punchbag" and treated him "like a dog".

Read: Sheffield family jailed for keeping man 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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