Barking pastor who kept child slaves receives hefty sentence

PUBLISHED: 09:54 21 March 2011

Lucy Adeniji was sentenced to 11 and a half years

Lucy Adeniji was sentenced to 11 and a half years


A CHURCH pastor who delivered vicious beatings to young children after helping to traffic them into the UK and kept them as modern-day slaves has been jailed for 11 and a half years.

Lucy Adeniji, 44, took Olubukols ‘Buki’ Adeniji into her home in Ray Gardens, Barking, after she was brought into the country aged 11 from Nigeria on a false passport, and then subjected her to horrific treatment.

Buki, who arrived in the 1997, was supposed to have been sent here for a better life and to continue her education in Britain – but was never sent to school.

Instead, Isleworth Crown Court was told that she found herself waiting on Adeniji’s five children during the years she stayed with the family. She was regularly beaten, prosecutor Tim Starkey said, and on one occasion pepper was put in her eyes and genitalia as a form of punishment, and she was struck with a meat cleaver.

Adeniji, pictured right, was sentenced on Friday after being convicted of a string of offences last month. She was a pastor for TLCC ministeries, also in Ray Gardens, and she wrote a parenting book called Right Parenting: God’s Way.

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