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Ice cream business owners caught keeping slave locked in his garage

By Mason White 12:22 PM January 8, 2014
House where Craig Kinsella was kept as a slave 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A family was arrested and charged with slavery after they was caught keeping a slave in their ice cream business, according to court proceedings in the United Kingdom.

Now, the owners of the ice cream business who kept a vulnerable man as a slave, have been jailed for six and a half years. A judge said that he was amazed that this could happen in modern society.

David Rooke forced Craig Kinsella, 34, to live in a garage where he suffered regular beatings and looked for food in garbage cans, the Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Rooke, 44, admitted to false imprisonment and assaulting Kinsella. He was imprisoned along with his wife Donna, 40, and his son Jamie, 19.

Prosecutors showed video of Kinsella being assaulted by the family.

The judge said that the family used the victim as a punching bag and treated him worse that a dog.

“It’s almost unbelievable,” he said.