Family of millionaire travellers jailed for enslaving vulnerable men were handed 500,000 in legal aidTravellers housed vulnerable men in squalid conditions and exploited them They got the taxpayers' cash despite fortune from exploitation John Connors, 31, sentenced to 40 months imprisonment Brother-in-law William Connors, 35, sentenced to 30 months in prison /12/14/article-2248125-1683CA3D000005DC-436_306x706.jpg” width=”306″ height=”706″ alt=”Luxury lifestyle: William and Mary (or Breda) Connors, pictured in Dubai, lived the high life while forcing vulnerable people to obey their every command” class=”blkBorder” /> Luxury lifestyle: William and Mary (or Breda) Connors, pictured in Dubai, lived the high life while forcing vulnerable people to obey their every command A family of millionaire travellers jailed for forcing vulnerable men to work for a pittance have been given nearly 500,000 in legal aid, it emerged today. The Gloucestershire-based Connors family lived the high life at the expense of homeless drug addicts and alcoholics. William Connors, 52, wife Mary, 48, their sons, John, 29, and James, 20, and son-in-law Miles Connors, 24, were jailed in December last year after being convicted of conspiracy to require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.
High life of the travellers who ran slave gang: Lived in luxury while beating homeless man into a 'state of servitude' Family of five kept private army of labourers in cramped, squalid caravans The Connors paid the vulnerable drifters as little as 5 a day and beat them The victims were attacked with brooms and rakes to keep them obedientSlaves were made to strip and one had hosepipe forced down his throatMany were addicts who were supplied with cannabis to keep them docileWilliam Connors, 51, lived a life of luxury while his workforce suffered | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 15 December 2012 A family of travellers who kept homeless drug addicts and alcoholics as virtual slaves were last night facing years behind bars. The Connors family owned homes with hot tubs; a fleet of cars including a Rolls-Royce and a Mercedes saloon; enjoyed Caribbean cruises and holidays in Mexico and Dubai; and had 500,000 in the bank. But their fortune came from constructing driveways and patios using a workforce of vulnerable men kept in squalid conditions, paid a pittance, and living in fear of violence.