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VIOLENCE: CCTV footage of some of the attacks on Craig Kinsella

VIOLENCE: CCTV footage of some of the attacks on Craig Kinsella

VIOLENCE: CCTV footage of some of the attacks on Craig Kinsella

AN ice cream business owner who kept a vulnerable man like a "slave" has been jailed for six-and-a-half years by a judge who said it was "staggering" it could happen in modern society.

David Rooke forced Craig Kinsella (34) to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings and ended up scavenging for food in bins, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Rooke (44) admitted falsely imprisoning and attacking Mr Kinsella and was jailed along with his wife Donna (40) and son Jamie (19).

FOOTAGE

CCTV footage of various members of the Rooke family assaulting Mr Kinsella was shown to Judge Peter Kelson QC who said it was impossible to watch without wincing.

"It's almost unbelievable," the judge said.

He told the Rooke: "His will had been completely broken by the way you treated him. You treated him like a dog,

"He was fed very little, by way of food left out. He was kept hungry. He was constantly beaten.

"It is staggering that this is happening in our society, absolutely staggering. It is almost unbelievable."

David Rooke admitted false imprisonment and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm.

Jamie Rooke admitted affray and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm. He was jailed for four years.

Donna Rooke admitted a specimen count of battery. She was jailed for four months.

All three live in Grenoside, Sheffield, where Mr Kinsella was living in the garage at the side of the family home for about two months before police intervened in July last year.

Prosecutor David Brooke said the family used "unpleasant and casual" violence to leave Mr Kinsella so terrified he would work from 7.30am to midnight for no money cleaning their garden and vans.

He ended up living in their garage, eating occasional cold meals left out for him and using a bucket for a toilet.

Mr Brooke said Mr Kinsella told police he was regularly threatened by David Rooke, who told him he would be a "dead man" if he escaped.

The court heard Mr Kinsella had learning difficulties and neighbours had described him as being a bit "slow".

The judge also ordered David Rooke to pay Mr Kinsella £15,000 that police found in cash in his home.

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