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Largest Modern-day Slavery Case

Counsel, Nigel Edwards, instructed by Stuart Wild of Bird & Co. were part of the defence team for 11 defendants on the largest modern-day slavery trial in UK legal history.

Eleven members of a Lincolnshire family have been convicted of a series of modern slavery offences after forcing at least 18 victims – including homeless people and some with learning disabilities – to work for little or no pay and live in squalid conditions for up to 26 years.

The members of the Rooney family, who were based on Traveller sites in Lincoln, targeted vulnerable people, including some with alcohol or drug addiction, and deliberately looked for potential captives on the streets, Nottingham crown court heard.

The eleven gang members in the Lincolnshire case, used the money they made from their workers to pay for holidays to Barbados, cosmetic surgery and coaching at a Manchester United football school.

One victim’s sister gave an emotional account of his life as a captive of John Rooney, one member of the family. Speaking anonymously in an interview recording released by Lincolnshire police, she said he was beaten with a rake when he overslept, had his teeth smashed with a concrete slab and had been left “psychologically damaged” by his dreadful ordeal.

Nigel Edwards, Counsel at St Pauls Chambers and Stuart Wild of Bird & Co Solicitors represented Peter Doran who was charged with Conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.  The case at Nottingham Crown Court was part of Lincolnshire Police's Operation Pottery investigation, one of the largest investigations of its kind.

Ch. Supt. Chris Davison, of Lincolnshire Police, said: "The victims will never get the years back that were taken away from them but I hope this provides them with some comfort that justice has been served and demonstrates that we will do everything in our power to try and stop others suffering in the ways that they did."


























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