Monday 20 November 2017

'Her family never gave any indication she had ever existed'

Josephine Herivel had been left out of her father's will. Maeve Sheehan goes behind the headlines

Police stand guard in front of the property in Lambeth where Josephine Herivel (59) is alleged to have been held against her will for 30 years
Police stand guard in front of the property in Lambeth where Josephine Herivel (59) is alleged to have been held against her will for 30 years

IN her London safe house last week, Josephine Herivel gave British police her first formal account of her 30 years of modern-day 'slavery'.

The interview is one of many detectives will be conducting over the coming weeks and months with the Irish woman and her fellow captives, Aishah Wahab, 69, from Malaysia and a 30-year-old woman only called Rose.

Rescued last month from years of alleged 'slavery' in a south London council flat, it was only after the arrest of their captors – a couple who were part of a Maoist cult – that their extraordinary experiences became public.

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