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Harvey (left) and Anthony Baker (Image: South Wales Evening Post)

A scrap metal dealer forced a man to work for free and subjected him to repeated brutal beatings in a "startling" case of human slavery.

Anthony Howard Baker, 49, kept his victim in squalid conditions in a caravan at the scrap yard he ran in Neath, south Wales.

The vulnerable man was held a virtual prisoner for more than two years through violence and intimidation.

Baker's son, Harvey Baker, also subjected the labourer to repeated and serious assaults during his lengthy ordeal, WalesOnline reported .

The pair pleaded guilty to multiple offences when they appeared in the dock together at Swansea Crown Court on Friday.

Anthony Baker pleaded guilty to a range of offences including: holding a man in servitude and subjecting him to forced or compulsory labour contrary to the Modern Slavery Act; four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one count of unlawful wounding, and one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Harvey Baker, 19, pleaded guilty to six counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three of inflicting grievous bodily harm, and one of unlawful wounding.

All the offences cover the period October 2016 to January 2019.

The 20-year-old victim, who had been living in a YMCA before falling into the clutches of Anthony Baker, was rescued by police .

He had gone to the isolated compound near the Briton Ferry bridge following calls from concerned members of the public.

The man was suffering with a catalogue of horrific injuries, including open wounds, when police arrived at the property.

Prosecutor John Hipkin said the beatings administered by Anthony Baker were "examples of how the enforced labour was enforced".

Judge Paul Thomas QC described the circumstances of the offending as "very unusual, not to say startling".

He said he wanted reports into the defendants before passing sentence, in particular into their backgrounds, and to consider the issue of whether the Bakers should be considered dangerous offenders.

Matters were adjourned to June 14 and the defendants were further remanded into custody.

Article from: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-brutally-beaten-kept-slave-16194928