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Arson attack on Sheffield slave garage

The remnants of the garage at home of the Rooke family of Sheffield which has been vandalised overnight for the second time.  rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

The remnants of the garage at home of the Rooke family of Sheffield which has been vandalised overnight for the second time. rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick

A garage where a Sheffield man was held a slave has been attacked by arsonists – two days after vandals smashed up the bungalow where his captors lived.

Firefighters were called to Halifax Road, Parson Cross, at 10.15pm on Thursday where the detached garage was engulfed in flames.

They spent 90 minutes tackling the blaze and cooling gas cylinders to prevent them exploding.

The garage was destroyed and two vehicles damaged.

David Rooke, wife Donna and son Jamie beat and starved Craig Kinsella, aged 34, for six weeks.

They struck him with pick-axes, shovels and a crowbar and made him work 12 hours a day for their ice cream business, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Firefighters prevented the garage blaze spreading to nearby properties.

Chf Supt David Hartley, South Yorkshire Police’s District Commander for Sheffield, said he understood the case had ‘caused a considerable amount of distress and anger in the community’.

But he added: “Nothing can condone the deliberate criminal damage that has been done to the house, to cars and now to the garage at the property.

“The fire had the potential to threaten the lives of residents living nearby and it is a great relief that no-one was injured as a result.

“I understand that the public are angry about this case and with the individuals found guilty of appalling crimes but incidents like those that have taken place this week at the house will not be tolerated.”

David Rooke, 44, was jailed for six-and-a-half years for false imprisonment and actual bodily harm.

Jamie Rook, 19, was locked up for four years for affray and four counts of causing actual bodily harm.

Donna Rooke, 40, was jailed for four months after admitting one specimen count of battery.

 

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