North East man jailed for keeping a slave captive in a metal shed with no water or toilet
NORTH East police officers have welcomed the conviction of an “evil and twisted” offender who kept a man as a slave in a metal shed with no toilet or wash facilities. James McCann kept a Hungarian national, who spoke very limited English, in disgraceful conditions of servitude outside his partner’s home in Blyth. At first, the victim was initially made to live in a tent next to McCann’s caravan at Blyth beach, where he had to wash in the sea, before being moved into the shed that had no toilet or running water.
: Escaped pig wanders into Easington Colliery Club He had to go to a supermarket to use the toilet and was forbidden from going in the house. Yesterday (February 9), 69-year-old McCann was jailed at Newcastle Crown court after pleading guilty to an offence under the Modern Slavery Act of holding his victim in slavery between November 1 and November 30, 2017.
The court was told the victim, who arrived in the UK in 2007, worked in various places across the country but ended up living on the streets. : HGV drivers banned from Great Aycliffe truck stop after problems Ten years later, in 2017, he was passed on to McCann who took him to the North East.
Upon being found, the victim acknowledged he was being exploited but that it was better than living on the streets. He added he feared he might have caught hypothermia had people not discovered him. But McCann told officers the victim preferred to stay in the shed than in the house, and that he had been fed well.
: York: Teacher Mark Blackie jailed for sexually abusing pupils The victim has since died following an unrelated illness back in his native Hungary. Yesterday, McCann, now from Kinross, Scotland, was jailed for two years and nine months at Newcastle Crown Court.
After the judgement was passed, detective constable of Northumbria Police, Neil Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “Modern day slavery is an appalling offence that strips people of their liberty and their dignity. It is especially poignant that the victim was not able to see justice being served. : Stockton dog owner’s warning after pets fall ill
“What makes this type of crime so difficult to spot is that it takes many forms and can affect absolutely anyone from any background, or walk of life, at any time. “It is abundantly clear that McCann exploited his victim – in a different country with no friends or family and limited English – for cheap labour, anything from washing drives to gardening. “The victim was made to stay in disgraceful conditions, without access to basic facilities such as a sink or toilet and was dirty and dishevelled upon being found.
McCann should be ashamed of himself. : St Peter’s Church in Bishop Auckland to get new lease of life “Thankfully, after a member of the public contacted the Modern Slavery Helpline, we were able to discover this appalling set-up and ultimately bring McCann to justice.
“As a Force, we take all forms of modern-day slavery seriously and take proactive measures to clampdown and disrupt those behind it, as well as safeguarding victims. We would always ask anybody with any suspicions about this type of offence to report it immediately.” Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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