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Police: This kind of exploitation has no place in modern society

Darrell Simester Credit: Wales News

Gwent Police have paid tribute to the '"remarkable courage and resilience" of Darrell Simester as Dan Doran Jnr was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The years of exploitation of Darrell Simester by Dan Doran Jnr was an appalling betrayal, which took advantage of Darrell’s vulnerable and timid nature.

This conviction is a culmination of the Police, CPS and partners working closely together, and the strength and fortitude of the Simester family. Throughout this investigation and trial, Darrell and his family have shown remarkable courage and resilience and I again pay tribute to them for their determination to help to bring an offender to justice.

I sincerely hope that they can now move on with their lives.

Whilst this kind of prosecution is rare, incidents of slavery, servitude and forced labour continue to be identified across the UK. The police remain committed to working with partners in supporting vulnerable victims and prosecuting the offenders.

This kind of exploitation has no place in our modern society.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, Gwent Police

Newport farmer sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

Newport farm owner David Dan Doran, 42, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for forced labour.

He pleaded guilty to forcing a missing man, Darrell Simester, to labour on a farm for 13 years without pay.

Mr Simester, 44, said he lived in a rat-infested shed for a decade and would wash himself in an animal trough after working 15-hour days.

His parents Tony and Jean described their eldest child as unrecognisable and looking more like a man in his nineties when reunited with him.

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Judge: Defendant did not treat man 'much better than a slave'

The judge has begun delivering the sentence in the case of a farmer, David Doran, who forced a man to work for free over a period of 13 years.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown court:

Labourer would have earned £200K had he been paid

The judge has said that had Darrell Simester been paid for his work, he would have earned around £200,000 over the period covered by the indictment.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown Court:

Forced labour victim was 'scared of being hurt'

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown court:

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Forced labour victim was made to wash in a trough

Cardiff Crown Court is hearing evidence in the sentencing of David Doran, 42, who has pleaded guilty to forcing a man, Darrell Simester, to perform unpaid labour for 13 years.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Anti-IS protest stops traffic on Severn Bridge

Protesters brought three lanes of traffic to a standstill on the Severn Bridge today in an attempt to highlight the plight of Iraqi Kurds.

Around ten cars, some flying the flag of Kurdistan, closed off the westbound stretch of the bridge linking south Wales with South West England.

Police attended the protest to ensure the safety of motorists.

Man found dead in mountainous area of South Wales

A man has been found dead in a mountainous area in South Wales.

The body was found at about 5pm this evening between Beaufort and Brynmawr

Formal identification is yet to take place but Gwent Police have informed the family of missing 34-year-old Shaun Lewis.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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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.

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