doctor and his nurse wife have been found guilty of keeping a man as a slave for 24 years at their home.
Ofonime Sunday Inuk, now 40, told Harrow Crown Court he arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 1989 when he was 14 and made to look after the couple’s home and children.
Emmanuel and Antan Edet, from Perivale, north west London, were found guilty of three slavery and cruelty charges.
The couple, who had denied the charges, are due to be sentenced today,18 November.
‘Total psychological control’
During the case, Mr Inuk told the court he had been promised an English education, but was instead made to work, with the warning that if he left the house or went to the police he would be arrested for being an illegal immigrant.
The court heard he had made attempts to escape and spoke to the police in 2005, but was left “a bit dejected” after being told by an officer it was a “family matter”.
Ofonime Sunday Inuk told Harrow Crown Court he had not seen his passport for more than a decade.
Asked by prosecutor Roger Smart where it had been from 2001 to now, Mr Inuk said: “It was with Dr Edet.”
Emmanuel and Antan Edet, from Perivale, north west London, deny slavery and cruelty charges.
The jury heard Dr Edet had told Mr Inuk, who is now aged 39, that his passport had expired and he needed to go to Nigeria to get it. He was also told the couple were going to get him an emergency travel ticket from the Nigerian embassy but this never happened, the court heard.
‘A bit dejected’
The court heard Mr Inuk was about 14 years old in 1989 when he left his native Nigeria with the Edets, travelling first to Israel before arriving in the UK, where he cleaned and looked after the couple’s home and children.
The couple warned him if he left the house or went to the police he would be arrested for being an illegal immigrant and deported, the prosecution said.
However Mr Inuk said he had made attempts to break away from them by speaking to a family friend and trying to report the couple to the police in 2005.
The UNION Features Mr Inuk went to Greenford police station, accompanied by a family friend, but felt “a bit dejected” after being told by an officer it was a family matter, the jury was told. Prosecutor
Mr Smart previously told the court “it was incorrectly believed by the officer to whom it was reported that he could not help”.
Mr Edet, 60, a trained obstetrician and gynaecologist, and his wife Mrs Edet, 58, a senior sister at a hospital, have both pleaded not guilty to holding a person in slavery and servitude.
The couple also denies assisting unlawful immigration and cruelty to a person under the age of 16.
Ten years later he contacted the Metropolitan Police again when he saw media reports about modern slavery and realised the life he was being made to lead was wrong.
He also emailed the charity Hope for Justice, which in turn contacted Scotland Yard to co-ordinate his release. Prosecutor Damaris Lakin told the court: “Emanuel and Antan Edet have cruelly robbed this victim of 24 years of his life.
They have treated him with complete Nigerian UK doctor and nurse wife made a compatriot they promised education to do housework He managed to break loose after 26 years and contact police Court free him to pursue education after Fact Box contempt. “Not only did the defendants have total psychological control over the victim, but they also had control of his passport and identity documents. “This was a shocking case of modern day slavery which has no place in our society.”
The couple were found guilty of child cruelty, slavery and assisting unlawful immigration. Victim now studying Det Ch Insp Phil Brewer said:
“They controlled what he wore, what he did and how he spoke for the majority of his life.
“Today, the victim is living a new life in the UK.
He has a job, a home with his own bed and freedom to move, and he is studying.”
Edet, 60, is a trained obstetrician and gynaecologist and his wife has worked as a senior sister at a hospital.
Ben Cooley, from Hope for Justice, said the victim’s story was “saddening” but “unfortunately, not surprising” and the charity had liberated more than 70 slaves since January.
He said: “To all those others still out there I say, please have the confidence to come forward, we will do all that we can to help you.”