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Downham man accused of killing nephew and causing 'catastrophic' injuries

PUBLISHED: 15:39 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:39 22 October 2013

A Downham man accused of murdering his three-year-old nephew inflicted "catastrophic" injuries, a court has heard.

Ben Igbinedion, 44, of Brangbourne Road, has denied murdering Daniel Evbuomwan, who died at University Hospital, in Lewisham, on March 2.

The injuries to the child were so bad that they could have been suffered in a car crash, according to Professor Anthony Risden who carried out the post mortem.

Daniel, who had been living with his grandmother Rosemary, was a healthy child until he went to stay with his uncle Ben, an Old Bailey jury was told.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said: “On the morning of March 2 he was said to have had catastrophic injuries which was the cause of death - multiple injuries to his ribs and multiple fractures to his pelvis.

He added: “Daniel had been subject to major trauma of the kind of impact or scale that it might have had in a road traffic accident.”

Mr Whittam described Daniel’s death as the result of a “constellation of injuries”.

Igbinedion maintains he cannot explain what happened to Daniel, jurors were told. The trial continues.

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