A father and son who ran a scrap metal business in Neath Port Talbot have been jailed for 10-years and 6-years for repeatedly beating a vulnerable man they forced to work for them.
49 year-old Anthony Baker ran the scrap business in Jersey Marine with his 19 year-old son Harvey Baker.
It was here the victim was made to live and forced to work without any payment.
Following complaints from the public, police visited the yard in January 2019 and found the victim working.
He had extensive bruising and could not speak due to a broken jaw.
The victim told police he would work all day and receive no payment other than tinned food.
He said that he would be beaten “every day” sometimes with a scaffolding bar.
Anthony Baker previously pleaded guilty to holding a man in servitude and subjecting him to forced or compulsory labour contrary to the Modern Slavery Act as well as four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one count of unlawful wounding, and one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Harvey Baker pleaded guilty to six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three or inflicting grievous bodily harm, and one of unlawful wounding.
The offences cover the period of October 2016 to January 2019.
Anthony Baker was sentenced to 10-years in prison plus an additional 5-years on licence, whilst Harvey Baker was sentenced to 6-years in a young offenders institute.
Anthony and Harvey Baker exploited the victim’s vulnerability and routinely assaulted him over a significant period of time.
The victim had his jaw fractured, nose bitten and was hit with weapons resulting in extensive injuries.
When faced with the evidence, Anthony Baker accepted he had forced the man to work for him.
It is difficult to imagine the pain the victim endured whilst living at the scrap yard.
Modern slavery is a despicable crime. It is hard to believe slavery is happening in our communities but this case reminds us that it does.
– Catrin Attwell, CPS
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