Lord Chief Justice will review Connors' jail term
PROSECUTORS who investigated the Connors family of Irish travellers over forced labour charges have called on the Attorney General to increase their sentences.
All five Gloucestershire defendants were found guilty in December of forcing vulnerable men to work against their will whilst living in squalid caravans in Staverton.
The family were sentenced to more than 18 years behind bars.
William Connors, 51, will serve six-and-a-half years, his wife Breda, 48, walked free after her sentence of two years and three months had already been served, son John, 29, was given four years, son-in-law Miles three years and their other son James, 20, three years in a young offenders facility.
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Now, the Operation Tundra prosecution team says their sentences by His Honour Judge Michael Longman were 'unduly lenient' and referred the case to the Unduly Lenient Sentences team at London's Crown Prosecution Service, who referred it to the Attorney General.
The Attorney General agreed the sentences of William, John, James and Miles Connors should be appealed, but not Breda.
The appeal will now be heard on Thursday by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge – the most senior judge in England and Wales – at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.