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According to the Daily Mail, the parents even gave their one year old child a morphine overdose, and battered their other children with “hoovers and wires.”
Michelle became involved in the case when she met the children at a church social, where she apparently “took pity” on them and later took them out to the cinema.
Of the Nigerian couple – who were both jailed for seven years – the presiding judge said, “No-one who sat through this trial could help but be moved by the fact that these intelligent, charming, fun, lovable children continue to love you despite what you put them through.”
The couple had reportedly told the court that they believed Michelle was intending to “steal” the children, who they claim they did not abuse.
Judge Patrick added, “You alleged a conspiracy involving a well-known actress, who had done nothing but show your family generosity and kindness, a member of a housing charity, social workers and foster carers.
“Those who had taken the trouble to support you were repeatedly accused of dishonesty, lying, and conspiracy to rob you of your children when the reality was that both of you were lying – in fact they ware simply seeking to give your children stability…” Continue reading »