Gwent modern day slavery case leads to four-and-a-half year jail term

24/10/2014

A man who forced a vulnerable victim to work unpaid on his farm in Gwent for a number of years has been jailed for four-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown Court.

David Daniel Doran changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial last month, thereby admitting to making his victim, Darrell Simester, perform forced or compulsory labour.

The court had heard that the vulnerable and timid Mr Simester worked very long hours in poor conditions over a prolonged period, receiving no wage for his efforts. He was described being in a very poor physical state when he was eventually found in 2013.

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

"Over a prolonged period Darrell Simester was forced to work extremely long hours for no pay, in pitiful conditions and in a poor physical state. At the conclusion of the prosecution case in the trial, David Daniel Doran changed his plea to guilty. He thereby accepted that he deliberately exploited Darrell Simester, a vulnerable and timid man.

"There is no place for any form of modern day slavery in our communities. All of us within the criminal justice system are working hard to ensure that those who seek to exploit others in this way face the consequences of their actions.

"If there is a positive to be drawn from this case, I hope it will be to raise public awareness of this issue. People in the heart of our local communities are often the ones best placed to spot the signs of exploitation taking place. I would urge anyone who may have any such concerns to contact their local police immediately.

"Today's sentencing concludes the criminal justice process and I hope that this will help Darrell and his family as they seek to move forward with their lives."