Guilty plea in Gwent modern day slavery trial


A man has pleaded guilty to forcing his vulnerable victim to carry out compulsory labour, in a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

David Daniel Doran changed his plea at the mid-point of the trial, thereby admitting his role in making Darrell Simester work unpaid for long hours, in poor conditions over a number of years at a farm in Gwent. In court, Simester was described as a vulnerable and timid man.

The defendant's father, Daniel Doran, was formally found not guilty of the same charges.

Catrin Attwell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"This has been a complex case to bring before the Court. Today's guilty plea from David Daniel Doran is testament both to the courage of Darrell Simester and his family and to the hard work of the investigating and prosecuting teams who built the case against him.  After careful consideration, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to pursue the case against Daniel Doran.

"Over a number of years, David Daniel Doran preyed on Darrell Simester's vulnerability. The prosecution was able to establish that his actions amounted to the use of force in keeping Darrell Simester working at the farm. 

"This case demonstrates that modern day slavery exists within our local communities. The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to working with our partners to ensure that those who seek to exploit others in this way are made to face the consequences of their actions.

"I hope that today's developments will help Darrell Simester and his family as they seek to move forward with their lives."