An uncle assaulted and killed his three-year-old nephew in his care simply because the boy had wet the bed they were sharing.
Ben Igbinedion, 43 years, of Darent House, Brangbourne Road, Bromley assaulted his nephew Daniel Evbuowman in the early hours of 2nd March 2013.
Igbinedion then put Daniel back to sleep in a different bed but when family members tried to wake him in the morning, he did not respond. An ambulance was called and Daniel was taken to Lewisham Hospital where he died.
The court heard how Daniel had come to stay the night at Igbinedion’s, who was also left in charge of his three children while his wife went to work. At bedtime, Igbinedion stated that Daniel and his youngest son should sleep in his room, while the other children slept in their own room.
In the early hours of the morning, one of the children was woken by Igbinedion telling off Daniel for wetting the bed. Igbinedion then moved the victim into the children’s bedroom, where he remained until the morning.
Daniel’s cousins had attempted to wake him but after several attempts he slumped from the bed to the floor. An ambulance was called and despite attempts to resuscitate him, Daniel died in hospital.
A post mortem examination at Great Ormond Street Hospital revealed that Daniel had suffered a major trauma to his pelvis and ribs. The examination concluded that the injuries could not have been caused by an accidental fall from the bed where Daniel was sleeping.
Igbinedion was arrested but his version of the night’s events were contradicted by other testimonies from his children. He was subsequently charged with Daniel’s murder on 7th March 2013.
Igbinedion was found guilty of murder on 7th November 2013 following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Ben Igbinedion’s violent actions resulted in the death of a three-year-old boy who had no chance of defending himself and devastated the lives of two families.
“Throughout the time since Daniel’s death, Igbinedion has continued to deny any involvement. However, a jury has seen through his story and convicted him of murder.”
Daniel’s mother, Augustina Kunu, said in an impact statement read to the court: “How do I describe the loss of my only child Daniel? Daniel’s death has left me empty, heartbroken, lonely, lost, devastated and confused. I cannot concentrate or focus on my studies, I am unable to sleep and when I am able I wake up in tears because I can no longer see him lying by my side. I cannot get over Daniel’s death because of the bond we had. He was a brilliant son, a friend, a star, a hero and a help-mate. He would look into my eyes and say “Mummy how are you?””
The mother added: “His death has affected my marriage, leaving it empty because Daniel was our dream, the pride and crown of our marriage. His dad, Victor, has been left broken-hearted, confused, lonely and empty. This whole matter has pulled our family apart. My prayer is that God will restore peace to our families.”
Igbinedion will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 22nd November 2013.