Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nigerian couple jailed for 7 years in UK for beating and branding their 6 children witches

A Nigerian couple, who claimed their kids were
possessed by evil spirits have been jailed for seven
years for 'shocking mistreatment', after one child
sent a message in a bottle asking for help.
The parents reportedly beat them with brooms,
hoovers and wires and even gave their baby a
morphine overdose just days after her first birthday.
Five of the children were finally rescued after their
eldest daughter threw a heart-wrenching SOS note
out of a window.
But it wasn't until their one-year-old baby was given
a morphine overdose over a year later that police
reopened the case which led to their prosecution.
The plight of the children was so bad that Miss
Collins, who met them at a church lunch, took them
to the cinema 'because she felt sorry for them'.
She gave evidence as a prosecution witness during
the trial of the parents, both 40, who cannot be
named to protect their six children.
But the parents claimed they were victims of a
conspiracy – and even alleged Miss Collins was
involved in a witch hunt against them and wanted to
'steal' their children.
One of the youngsters, a baby at the time, had been
allowed to stay in the home by Haringey council,
who were involved in the Baby P and Victoria
Climbie cases, despite the fact the five other
children had to be rescued.
Sentencing them to seven years behind bars each,
Judge James Patrick described it as 'shocking
mistreatment' that they had tried to cover up with a
'web of deception'.
Judge Patrick said: 'No-one who sat through this
trial could help but be moved by the fact that these
intelligent, charming, fun, lovable children continue
to love you despite what you put them through.'
The married couple denied the allegations claiming
they were victims of a racist witch-hunt but were
found guilty of cruelty to a person under 16.
They argued the children had been 'brainwashed'
into making the allegations by the police, the London
Borough of Haringey and Miss Collins who they said
'wanted to steal' them, Wood Green Crown Court
But Judge Patrick noted: 'You alleged a conspiracy
involving a well-known actress, who had done
nothing but show your family generosity and
kindness, a member of a housing charity, social
workers and foster carers.
'Those who had taken the trouble to support you
were repeatedly accused of dishonesty, lying, and
conspiracy to rob you of your children when the
reality was that both of you were lying – in fact they
ware simply seeking to give your children stability.'
The abuse came to the attention of police in April
2010 when their nine-year-old wrote an SOS note
and threw it out of her bedroom window.
The heart-breaking plea read: 'My mum is the worst
mum ever because she can't cope with five of us, her
broken hand and being pregnant. She always leaves
me out so I always starve and I am forced to work.
'If I don't get enough house work done, I am beaten
without mercy with the wooden end of a broom. I
have scars all over me to prove it. I can't stay here. I
would like a new mum.'
It was found by a neighbour who called the police,
and when officers attended the address they found
the children living in messy conditions with 'dirty'
and 'dishevelled' clothing.
Revealing scars the eldest said her mother had hit
her with a cable, a broom, and a hoover and her
father had dangled her by her feet down the
stairwell of the house, tied her hands behind her
back and her legs together 'to get the devilish spirits
out', prosecutor Emma Smith said.
Her sister, who was seven at the time, had a stick
shaped bruise of her thigh and after a few months in
care, she drew a series of pictures showing her dad
beating her and her being left home alone and
including a speech bubble saying 'I'm hungry.'
The children were left home alone for hours,
sometimes days on end, with the elder kids forced to
look after the others.
They had even been forced to lie to a charity and
social services that they were living alone with their
mother in one room and had no idea who their dad
was so they could scam benefits.
Even during the trial the eldest feared she had torn
her family apart with her 'devastating cry from the
heart in the form of a letter which she threw from
the window', the judge noted.
There was an investigation but no further action,
and the five children remained in care until the
parents once again came to police attention on 28
June last year, when they gave their baby an
'But for the events of June 28 you would have gotten
away with your crimes because of a merciful
decision not to prosecute you', Judge Patrick noted.
The couple's sixth child, a baby girl, was also initially
taken into care but then returned to her parents.
They took her to St Thomas's Hospital just days
after her first birthday last year.
Without treatment she could have died but doctors
managed to save the youngster, who it is believed
was given morphine orally that morning.
Jurors rejected the parents conspiracy theories.
When they are released they face deportation back
to Nigeria – despite pleas from their legal team that
they have been 'punished enough' by having their
children taken into care.
As they left the court they wailed: 'We are innocent,
this is a miscarriage of justice.'
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