Det Supt Paul Griffiths
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Family's concerns for Newport 'slavery' man Darrell Simester

A horse farmer who forced a "terrified" vulnerable man to work unpaid for 13 years in "modern day slavery" has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

David Daniel Doran, 42, pleaded guilty midway through his trial to making Darrell Simester, from Worcestershire, perform forced or compulsory labour.

Judge Neil Bidder QC at Cardiff Crown Court told Doran the way he had treated him was repellent and wrong and not much better than a slave.

The victim worked up to 16 hours a day.

When his family finally tracked him down, they found the 44-year-oldliving in "pitiful conditions and in a poor physical state".

Det Supt Paul Griffiths, of Gwent Police, how Mr Simester was after his family found him.

  • 24 Oct 2014
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