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Doctor and nurse kept man as house slave for 24 years.

Byline: BRETT GIBBONS Staff Reporter brett.gibbons@trinitymirror.com @gibbonsb

A FORMER Black Country doctor and his nurse wife, who kept a man as a house slave for almost a quarter of a century after illegally bringing him to the UK, have both been jailed for six years.

Former NHS obstetrician Emmanuel Edet, 61, and midwife Antan Edet, 58, from Walsall kept fellow Nigerian Ofonime Sunday Inuk as a "houseboy" after telling immigration officials he was their teenage son when they arrived here from Israel in 1989.

They lived in the town for several years from the early 1990s.

Over the next 24 years, Ofonime worked unpaid up to 17 hours a day looking after the couple's two sons, cooking, cleaning and gardening.

After all his hard work he was forced to sleep on a hall floor.

He lived with them at several locations, including the West Midlands, and kept a diary in which he recorded his treatment at the hands of people he called "Sir" and "Ma".

Ofonime eventually managed to alert a charity to his plight after the couple went to Nigeria for Christmas in 2013, and they were arrested the following March.

Dr and Mrs Edet, who now live in Perivale, London, were found guilty by a jury last month of cruelty to a child under 16, servitude and assisting unlawful immigration. The couple were jailed for three years at Harrow Crown Court for child cruelty, six years for servitude and one year for the immigration offence, all to run concurrently.

Ofonime claimed he made several attempts to break away, speaking to a family friend, an MP, and even reporting the Edets to police, only to be told they could not help as it was a "family matter".

Ofonime told the court how his passport was confiscated and said he was told he would be deported as an illegal immigrant if he left the couple's home.

Barristers for both the Edets argued that they suffered ill health. The pair moved to Walsall in the early 1990s, where Dr Edet lost his General Medical Council certificate and was told to leave the UK. The Edets then moved to London in 1994.

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