Judge halts Travellers 'slavery' case
Friday 01 June 2012
The jury in the trial of two Travellers accused of enslaving vulnerable men was discharged yesterday.
The trial at Southampton Crown Court of John Connors, 30, and his brother-in-law Billy Connors, 38, was halted for legal reasons. The men deny holding three men in slavery or servitude at a camp in Hamble, Hampshire, between April 2010 and June 2011.
Judge Peter Henry granted the men bail and ordered a retrial to commence on 7 January next year.
Jerry Connors, 30, from Chertsey in Surrey, was acquitted of all charges on the orders of the judge.
It looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such as Vladimir Putin. Other oil- and gas-exporting countries are damaged, too, and I think we will see further fallout in unpredictable ways. But the net impact is strongly positive, more so than most commentators at present acknowledge. The winners far outnumber the losers.
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