Tottenham man jailed for whipping child with belt
PUBLISHED: 17:48 21 October 2010
A “sadistic” child beater who punched a 10-year-old boy in the stomach for telling his teacher he had been whipped has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Brian Edeki, 40, of West Green Road, South Tottenham, dragged the lad out of bed and tightened a belt around his neck to punish him.
The cruel thug then spread the boy’s arms and punched him hard in the stomach.
A day before the attack, the schoolboy confided in a teacher that Edeki had whipped him with a belt, Inner London Crown Court heard.
Edeki was looking after the child while his mother was attending a course at the time of the incident in Newham in 2007.
Sentencing Edeki after he was convicted of child cruelty by a jury, Judge Mark Bishop said he posed a “significant risk of harm to children”.
He said: “You were targeting him and your actions were sadistic. There was no argument. The use of the belt came with no explanation.
“You told him to take his trousers and pants down. You applied the belt to his backside about three times and gave him instructions about what to say about the circumstances to his mother.”
The boy told jurors Edeki had instructed him to tell his mother his injuries were from a fall while ice-skating. She believed him, but the boy later told a teacher.
“Following the disclosure his mother confronted you and you denied it,” said the judge.
“When you were alone with him you went into his bedroom, got him out of bed, spread his arms, punched him in the stomach.
“You asked him: ‘Why did you tell your mum?’
“He said to you: ‘It’s the right thing to do.’”
The judge said the cruelty was “calculated to impose emotional control” over the boy.
“There was evidence in the trial from him that at times you could be very nice to him.
“That’s what he was at pains to say in evidence. I think this emotional switching was a way of keeping control and unsettling him.
“This cruelty caused great physical harm but I have no doubt that it will leave lasting emotional and psychological damage for which you are entirely responsible.”
During the judge’s sentencing remarks on October 7, Edeki yelled from the dock, “That’s a total lie,” but bowed his head as he described the harm he caused.
The judge also imposed an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim.
Edeki denied four counts of child cruelty and was convicted of two.