But everyone deserves a second chance, or so Tracey thought. That day, she took Barley home and gave him a hot meal – the first of many. She helped him find a place to live. She even gave him cash. Barley told the family he just needed a chance. And so Peter organized a laboring job for him at the docks in Newport, Wales.
Meanwhile, Tracey took Barley to the Atlantic House rehabilitation center, where she herself had once received treatment for alcohol addiction. Volunteers at the center observed that Barley was obsessed with weapons, especially knives. He talked about wanting to kill people, about chopping them up, especially policemen and prison officers. But they dismissed his talk as mere bravado.
In September 2016, roughly five months into his job, Barley began acting chaotically. “He started taking drugs,” Peter told The Guardian in October 2017. “As a business, we had to let him go. It was very amicable.” In fact, Barley had started behaving aggressively towards some of his managers. And after losing his job, he was evicted from his apartment too.