Hadley Doran Essex and Suffolk slavery charge dropped by prosecutors

A man accused of keeping another man as a slave for almost a year at properties across Suffolk and Essex has had the charges against him dropped.

Hadley Doran, 23, was charged with holding a man in slavery or servitude between July 2012 and March this year.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) it was "no longer realistic" to prosecute Mr Doran, when the case came up at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

Mr Doran, of Gosport, Hampshire, walked free from court.

A spokeswoman for the CPS said the case had been reviewed and a decision was taken not to proceed.

The CPS offered no evidence against Mr Doran.

Two assault charges were also dropped.

Mr Doran had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing.

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