A Nigerian residing in UK who battered his three-year-old nephew to death for wetting the bed faces life behind bars after being convicted of his murder.
Ben Igbinedion flew into a rage after finding Daniel Evbuomwan had soiled the sheets – leaving him with injuries ‘on the scale of a road traffic accident’.
Daniel’s mother, Augustina, burst into tears as the guilty verdicts were read.
‘I am unable to sleep and, when I am able, I wake up in tears because I can no longer see Daniel lying by my side,’ she said in a statement released by police.
‘I cannot get over his death because of the bond we had.
‘He would look into my eyes and say “Mummy, how are you”?’
Daniel was sent from Nigeria by Augustina and his doctor father, Victor, to stay with his grandmother, the Old Bailey was told.
On the night of the killing, Daniel’s grandmother had wanted to go shopping and to church, so it was decided he should stay with his aunt, Sandra Okundaye, a nurse, and her partner, Igbinedion in Bromley, South-east London jurors were told.
Mrs. Igbinedion went out to work a night shift as a nurse and when she returned, Daniel was still in bed and there was no sign of her husband.
She and her daughter tried to wake the youngster but found he was not breathing. An ambulance was called but Daniel could not be saved. Igbinedion – seen by his daughter changing Daniel and asking why he had wet the bed – blamed his wife for the killing on March 1 this year but his version of events was discounted by the jury.
The injuries inflicted by the 44-year-old – who will be sentenced later – were the worst the pathologist in the case had seen. Det Ch Insp Graeme Gwyn said: ‘His violent actions resulted in the death of a boy who had no chance of defending himself.’