The identity of a murdered African boy whose torso was found in the River Thames has been revealed after 12 years.
Joyce Osagiede, who claims to have looked after the 5-year-old boy when she lived in Germany, says that the murdered child was Patrick Erhabor whose mother’s surname is Oghogho – despite two years earlier telling a television station that the child’s native name was Ikpomwosa.
Joyce was originally thought to have been involved in the murder, but due to a lack of evidence and her mental state, she was deported back to Nigeria.
When the torso was found in 2001, the legs, arms and head had been expertly cut off leading police to believe that the child had been murdered in a ritualistic killing. There was also ‘black magic’ potion found in the stomach of the torso, with particles of gold and bone. Genetic testing at the time also showed that the child was originally from Benin city, Nigeria.
Last year, Joyce Osagiede contacted BBC news agreeing to help police with their investigation by revealing the boy’s name, and saying she had looked after the boy weeks before he was trafficked into the UK by a man named “Bawa” and murdered. She has now identified “Bawa” as Kingsley Ojo, an fake asylum seeker who denies any involvement in the murder.
Retired detective Nick Chalmers, who worked on the case for seven years and is currently working the case again, has called Joyce “unreliable” because of doubts about her mental state and the fact that she had previously wrongly identified the little boy as the one pictured below.
She later said the wrongful identification was a “misunderstanding” as detectives tracked the boy, who is now 22, in the picture down in Germany.
There is no evidence to link Ojo to the murder, except the discovery of a ‘black magic’ potion found in his house which consisted of similar contents found in the child’s stomach. There was also a videotape labelled ‘Rituals’ found in his house, with the acting out of someone getting beheaded.
Ojo claimed that the mixture and videotape belonged to other people living in the house.
Ojo refuses to talk to BBC regarding the case and so far, no one has been charged with the murder of the child.