Traveller clan are caged for slavery ring
THE head of a traveller family who helped run a modern day slavery ring has been jailed for 10 years and nine months.
Martin Rooney, 57 ( above), was among 11 gang members convicted of involvement in offences which included the keeping of one man in “truly shocking” conditions for decades.
A total of 11 defendants were convicted of offences following a series of linked trials relating to modern slavery and fraud at Nottingham Crown Court.
Rooney, of Saxilby, Lincs, was jailed after being convicted of wounding and conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.
Other members of the Rooney family were given custodial sentences ranging from 15 to six years, while two got suspended sentences.
All the victims of the offences were described as extremely vulnerable, including several who had learning disabilities and mental health issues, and were estranged from their families.