A man from Downham has been found guilty of beating his three-year-old nephew to death for wetting his bed.
Ben Igbinedion, 43, of Darent House, Brangbourne Road, assaulted thee-year-old Daniel Evbuomwan in the early hours of March 2 this year. Igbinedion was sharing a room with the child and his own youngest son while his wife went to work.
After beating the child so badly that a post mortem revealed a shattered pelvis and several ribs had been broken, Igbinedion moved him to the other bedroom, where his own son slept.
The next morning, after several attempts to wake the nephew, an ambulance was called and the child was rushed to Lewisham Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Igbinedion was arrested on March 5 and charged with the murder two days later.
Daniel’s mother, Augustina Kunu, said in a statement read at the trial at the Old Bailey: “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.”
Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said at the trial: “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.”
Igbinedion will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on November 22, and has denied involvement with the child’s death throughout the trial.