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London couple accused of owning Ofonime Sunday Inuk as a slave for 24 years

By Helen William

A doctor and his wife effectively "owned" and kept a young man as a slave for 24 years, a jury has been told.

Ofonime Sunday Inuk was about 14 years old in 1989 when he left his native Nigeria with Emmanuel and Antan Edet, travelling first to Israel before arriving in the UK.

He stayed at various addresses with their family where he cleaned and looked after the couple's home and children, Harrow Crown Court was told.

He had been introduced to the married couple, who worked in the NHS, through a family friend in Nigeria.

Mr Edet was a trained obstetrician and gyneologist and Mrs Edet was a senior sister at a hospital.

The deal was that the youngster should be paid for his work and receive an education, but this never happened, the court heard.

Instead he went unpaid, was not given a decent education and was left to sleep on the floor or in an outhouse, prosecutor Roger Smart said.

He would eat by himself and was stripped of his passport, the lawyer continued.

Emmanuel Edet (60) and his wife Anta (58), of Perivale, north-west London, have each pleaded not guilty to holding a person in slavery and servitude and assisting unlawful immigration.

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