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Couple kept woman with learning difficulties as their 'slave'

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Vicki Jepson
Vicki Jepson
Gavin Pascoe
Gavin Pascoe

A couple who kept a woman with learning difficulties as a slave in their home have been jailed.

The 24-year-old victim was taken to a property in Rosslyn Drive, Aspley, Nottingham, in August 2014 by someone she met online, Nottinghamshire Police said.

She was not able to leave for five months and was made to sleep on the kitchen floor or in a duck pen.

Police said the woman was subjected to beatings, threats and intimidation and warned that if she did not do what she was told, she would be soaked with cold water.

Vicki Jepson, 29, took benefits which were intended for the victim and diverted them into her own account, officers said.

The woman made her escape when a relative of Jepson's partner, Gavin Pascoe, 37, visited the house and told her to get out.

She ran to a neighbour's house and the police were called.

Jepson was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to forced labour, theft and committing actual bodily harm on at least five occasions.

Pascoe was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to forced labour, one count of grievous bodily harm and committing actual bodily harm on at least 10 occasions.