‘Slave trial’ fam­ily must pay vic­tims

Western Mail - - NEWS - LIZ DAY Re­porter liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

AFAMILY jailed for us­ing two men like “slaves” have been or­dered to pay them thou­sands of pounds in com­pen­sa­tion.

Patrick Joseph Con­nors, his son Patrick Dean Con­nors and nephew Wil­liam Con­nors were sent to prison in May 2016 af­ter be­ing con­victed of forced labour charges. Their case was listed be­fore Judge Neil Bid­der QC at Cardiff Crown Court yes­ter­day for a hear­ing under the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

All three were pre­vi­ously con­victed of mak­ing Michael Hughes per­form forced labour be­tween April 2010 and Jan­uary 2013.

The court heard dur­ing their trial Patrick Joseph Con­nors, known as Paddy, ran a busi­ness that car­ried out pav­ing, tar­ma­ck­ing and roof re­pairs.

Jurors were told Mr Hughes was beaten “all the time” if he did not do as he was told and was made to live in ap­palling con­di­tions.

The vic­tim was di­ag­nosed with brit­tle bone dis­ease os­teo­poro­sis af­ter years of mal­nu­tri­tion.

A sec­ond man, whose iden­tity can­not be re­vealed for le­gal rea­sons, was kid­napped four times af­ter his at­tempts to es­cape failed.

Patrick Joseph Con­nors, 61, from Rum­ney, Cardiff, was jailed for 14 years fol­low­ing the trial.

He was found guilty of re­quir­ing an­other per­son to per­form forced or com­pul­sory labour.

The de­fen­dant was also con­victed of eight counts of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, four counts of kid­nap and one of con­spir­acy to kid­nap.

Judge Bid­der said he was not able to make a con­fis­ca­tion or­der in his case, but or­dered him to pay £7,500 in com­pen­sa­tion to each vic­tim and £16,500 to­wards pros­e­cu­tion costs.

Patrick Dean Con­nors, 41, from Rum­ney, is cur­rently serv­ing his jail term of six and a half years. He was con­victed of kid­nap and re­quir­ing an­other per­son to per­form forced or com­pul­sory labour.

A con­fis­ca­tion or­der was made under the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act for £4,412.64 to be paid in com­pen­sa­tion to Mr Hughes. He must also pay £2,500 in com­pen­sa­tion to his other vic­tim and £16,500 to­wards pros­e­cu­tion costs.

Wil­liam Con­nors, 38, from Rum­ney, was jailed for four years af­ter be­ing con­victed of the forced labour charge. Judge Bid­der made a con­fis­ca­tion or­der for £4,412.64 and or­dered it to be paid in com­pen­sa­tion to Mr Hughes.

There will be a fur­ther hear­ing to de­ter­mine how much he must pay to­wards the cost of the trial.

> Patrick Joseph Con­nors

> Patrick Dean Con­nors

> Wil­liam Con­nors

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