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The Court of Appeal is to review the sentence handed down to a Sheffield man who kept a vulnerable man as his slave in his garage.

David Rooke, aged 44, of Halifax Road, Parson Cross, was jailed for six-and-a-half years in January for keeping 34-year-old Craig Kinsella as a slave and repeatedly beating him in attacks which were captured on CCTV.

David Rooke

David Rooke

Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Kinsella was treated as a ‘punchbag’ by Rooke and his son Jamie, 19, who was jailed for four years.

David’s wife, Donna Rooke, 40, was locked up for four months for her part in the ‘modern day slavery’ case.

Their victim was attacked with a spade handle, a crow bar and a pick axe handle, starved of food, and forced to sleep on a concrete floor with no access to a toilet.

When police were alerted by a neighbour, emaciated Mr Kinsella - who had been forced to scavenge for food in the wheelie bin - was found covered in bruises and suffering a broken arm.

David Rooke, who owned an ice cream business, admitted false imprisonment and five counts of causing actual bodily harm.

Jamie Rooke admitted affray and four counts of causing actual bodily harm while Donna Rooke admitted one specimen count of battery.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC referred David Rooke’s sentence to the Court of Appeal and will be presenting the case tomorrow.

Mr Grieve, the country’s most senior lawyer, said he considered the sentence ‘unduly lenient’.

The sentences handed down to the Rookes by Judge Peter Kelson QC sparked outrage in Sheffield.

When sickening CCTV footage of the attacks captured outside the Rooke family home were released the bungalow was vandalised and the garage was set alight.

Detective Inspector Vicky Short, who led the investigation, said on the day of the sentencing the abuse ‘plumbed the depths of depravity’.