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  • 9 January 2014, 19:04

Slave Case Family's Home Hit By 'Vigilantes'

The home of a family who treated a vulnerable man like a slave and subjected him to daily beatings has been targeted in an apparent vigilante attack.

Windows have been smashed at the bungalow in Sheffield where the Rooke family treated Craig Kinsella like a "punchbag", during a six-week campaign of violence.

The property in the Grenoside area of the city has been boarded up and a police van was parked outside, guarding the area.

David Rooke, 44, his wife Donna, 40, and son Jamie, 19, were all jailed on at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday by a judge who heard that Mr Kinsella, 34, was subjected to frequent attacks.

The court was told that the family beat him with a range of weapons, including a pickaxe handle and crowbar, while forcing him to work 17-hour days without pay, and making him sleep in a garage with a bucket for a toilet.

Mr Kinsella, , , who has learning difficulties, resorted to feeding himself with scraps he found in bins.

Judge Peter Kelson QC said it was "almost unbelievable" and "absolutely staggering" that this kind of thing was happening in modern society.

He jailed David Rooke for six-and-a-half years for false imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm.

Donna Rooke was jailed for four months for battery, and Jamie Rooke was jailed for four years for causing actual bodily harm and affray.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were called to reports of windows being smashed at the property in Halifax Road at 8.45pm on Tuesday.

She said the incident was being investigated as a case of criminal damage.

Police found Mr Kinsella in a shocking physical state after responding to reports of a man being abused outside the Rooke house on July 6 last year.

He had a broken right arm, a fractured rib, extreme bruising to his back and around his kidney, a fractured chin and cuts, as well as lumps and bruises on his head and legs.

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