Man jailed for forced labour offences

The scales of justice
The scales of justice

A 33-year-old man has jailed for six months after pleading guilty to forced labour against another man.

Paul Joyce, of Ver Meadows, Redbourn, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (December 18).

Between September 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013 at Redbridge Hollow in Oxford, Joyce required the victim to perform forced labour.

Joyce was arrested by Thames Valley Police officers on October 8 last year and charged on September 9 this year.

This six-month sentence will be served consecutively to another 34-month prison sentence for previous convictions of forced labour, fraud, assault and harassment against a second person.

Det Sgt Steve Fox, investigating officer, said: “I am pleased that Joyce has accepted responsibility for this offence by pleading guilty.

“Joyce exploited the victim in this case by forcing him to undertake labour against his will.

“This type of crime is by its nature incredibly complex and can be challenging to investigate but, as this case demonstrates, Thames Valley Police will not tolerate offences such as this and will work to secure a conviction and prison sentence.”