Monday, 7 December 2015

Nigerian medical doctor and his wife who kept houseboy as slave for 24 years jailed for 6-yrs

An NHS doctor and his nurse wife who kept a man as a slave for 24 years after illegally bringing him to Britain have both been jailed for six years.  Former NHS obstetrician Emmanuel Edet, 61, and midwife Antan Edet, 58, kept fellow Nigerian Ofonime Sunday Inuk as a 'houseboy' after smuggling him into the UK aged 14 (read here). 

Over the next quarter of a century, he worked unpaid up to 17 hours a day looking after the couple's two sons, cooking, cleaning and gardening. He was also forced to sleep on a piece of foam on a hall floor under the stairs.
Sentencing the couple at Harrow Crown Court today Judge Graham said their treatment of Mr Inuk, now 40, left him 'conditioned' to his plight.

Judge Arran told them: 'The most serious aspect of your behaviour towards him was that it went on for an exceptionally long period of time, robbing him of the opportunity of leading a normal life. He suffered as a result of that treatment and has found it difficult to adjust (to) a normal life.' 

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