Operation Netwing - Sentencing

12/07/2012

Two members of the Connors family who were yesterday, Wednesday, 11 July 2012, found guilty of a number of offences relating to servitude, compulsory labour and assault charges have today, Thursday, 12 July 2012, been jailed for a total of 15-years.

James John Connors was found guilty of two counts of holding a person in servitude, two counts of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, and one count of assault.  Josie Connors was found guilty of two counts of holding a person in servitude, and two counts of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

James John Connors, 34, and his wife Josie Connors, 31, both of Greenacres, Little Billington, Leighton Buzzard, were sentenced to 11-years and 4-years respectively.

Two other family members; Tommy Connors (Senior), 52, and Patrick Connors, 20, were found guilty of the following charges:

Tommy Connors (Senior) was found guilty of one counts of conspiracy to hold a person in servitude, one count of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, and one count of assault.

Patrick Connors was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to hold a person in servitude, one count of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, and one count of assault.

The Jury were unable to come to a decision on charges against other family members; Johnny Connors, 28, Tommy Connors (Junior), 27, and James Connors, 23.  As a result, the prosecution submitted no evidence against Johnny Connors, who had been found not guilty of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour, and he was cleared of a charge of holding a person in servitude.

Tommy Connors (Senior), Patrick Connors, Tommy Connors (Junior), and James Connors will face a retrial in relation to the counts to which the jury could not decide an outcome.

It is expected that the retrial will take place in Spring 2013 (08 April is a preliminary date) and will last six to eight weeks.  Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is in the process of deciding which counts will be put before the court.