Detectives said the physical and mental abuse of Craig Kinsella “plumbed the depths of depravity”.
“It is hard to understand how any human being could treat an individual in such a grotesque, callous and inhuman manner,” said Det Insp Vicky Short. “I am confident that if we had not received that phone call that day last July we would have been investigating a murder.”
David Rooke, 44, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and five counts of actual bodily harm and was sentenced to a total of six-and-a-half years in prison. He was also ordered to pay £15,000 to Mr Kinsella.
Donna Rooke, 40, admitted a charge of battery and was sentenced to four months, while Jamie Rooke, 19, pleaded guilty to five counts of actual bodily harm and a charge of affray and was given a four-and-a-half years.
The court heard that Mr Kinsella, who has mild learning difficulties and a low IQ, was found emaciated.
His life was controlled completely by the Rookes who used ‘casual violence and intimidation’ to prevent him leaving.
Mr Kinsella had worked for the family for five to six years and was initially paid to clean ice-cream vans, but then the payments stopped and the beatings started.