Man charged with holding a person in servitude


A Lithuanian national, 29-year-old Lydrunas Zdanevicius was charged with two counts of knowingly holding another person in servitude and appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court on Thursday, May 1.

James Kellam, Crown Advocate for the Complex Casework Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service said:

"I have today authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Lydrunas Zdanevicius, a Lituanian national with two offences of holding a person in servitude contrary to section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. This follows an investigation from the police into reports of individuals being forced to work in unfair conditions and for unfair pay in Southampton.

"I have carefully reviewed all the available evidence in this case and am satisfied that Zdanevicius should be charged with these offences. This decision was made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendant has the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."