Pharmacist who sexually abused children highlights danger of removing abortion from criminal law

A pharmacist and self-styled pastor who sexually abused children and organised abortions for his victims, in order to cover up his abuse, has been convicted of raping several members of his church.

Michael Oluronbi preyed on children as young as eight during a campaign of abuse which lasted over 20 years, and saw four of his seven victims falling pregnant several times.

During the trial, the jury heard how Oluronbi had abused his position as a pharmacist to access certain medications and book the young victims into abortion clinics under false names. One girl estimated she had five or six during secondary school.

Five of the victims attended Oluronbi’s ‘cult-like’ church in Edgbaston, Birmingham – the same location where five Marie Stopes International abortion clinics closed this month.

Phil Bradley QC, the prosecuting barrister, revealed how some of the offending had “progressed to repeated rapes, on many occasions leading to unwanted pregnancies and terminations”.

He added: “You will learn that this man, who was revered and feared by his victims, kept a vice-like grip on many of them and continued to abuse them well into adulthood.”

One of the victims told the BBC that the Oluronbi’s actions had been “terrible” and “affected everyone’s lives”.

The abuse of one boy and six girls started when they were children – one as young as eight, and for some, continued into adulthood.

Oluronbi would rape his young victims after “spiritual baths”, while living in Birmingham and London, telling some of the children they would fail exams if they refused his advances.

The 60-year-old was finally arrested after one of his child victims, now an adult, came forward to police. He was arrested in May 2018 at Birmingham Airport as he tried to flee the UK.

Despite laughing in court while giving evidence in his own defence and denying any wrongdoing, Oluronbi was convicted on Friday after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was convicted of 15 rape charges, seven indecent assaults and two sexual assaults. His wife, 58, was found guilty of three charges of aiding and abetting rape by assisting her husband arrange abortions. Both will be sentenced at a later date.

However, police believe there could be more victims and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

The case is similar to that of senior mental health nurse, Givemore Gezi, who was jailed for having sex with an underage girl he pressured to have an abortion.  

According to the BBC, his victim told Exter Crown Court: “I still battle with my emotions, particularly about the termination.”

Gezi was initially jailed for seven years and eight months but his sentence was raised to ten years because of the “heinous abuse of trust he committed”.

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“This case highlights the danger of removing making changes to abortion law to remove almost all legal safeguards around, which is something all four of Labour’s leadership candidates have called for. This would make it much easier for people sexually abusing children to get hold of abortion pills. While the the next Labour Party leader will not be in power , we must remain vigilant as it is likely they will support attempting to hijack the Government’s planned Domestic Abuse Bill with such an extreme abortion amendment. 

“Taking abortion outside criminal law will not only remove effectively all legal protections for unborn babies, allowing abortion for any reason up to birth but would make many incidents of abuse like these far easier to cover up”

Baby girl born at 24 weeks with hands the size of a penny thriving at home

A baby girl given just a 5% chance of survival has beaten the odds and is now thriving at home with her parents Kym and Ryan.

With hands smaller than 1p coins, Isabella Evans was the smallest premature baby to be born in the UK, in over 15 years, at her birth on 14 June 2018.

Isabella had to be delivered prematurely by emergency caesarean after complications at 24 weeks, weighing just 12oz (340g), leaving doctors to fear the worst.

For the first week of Isabella was placed in bubble wrap to keep her warm and an incubator to help her breathe. Her parents could only hold their daughter in blankets for five minutes at a time.

And, at just three-weeks-old, the ‘little fighter’ underwent two life-saving operations including surgery for a ruptured bowel.

Isabella refused to give in and fought for six months in order to go home.

She has recovered well and has been enjoying life at home for just over a year, now weighing 13lb 7oz – the size of a healthy baby.

Her mother told the Mail Online: “Realistically, she shouldn’t be here. There were so many times we could have lost her. But she never stopped fighting.”

She added: “She is crawling and starting to stand up, and has a great appetite. Her favourite is a cheese and avocado sandwich. She’s so happy, and has a smile for everyone she meets. It’s incredible how far she’s come.”

Kym and Ryan are grateful for the care and support Isabella received from the NHS and its neonatal team.

Ryan said: ”There are no words for the gratitude I have. They have saved my daughter’s life countless times and I’d be nothing without her.”

Despite the fact that increasing numbers of babies born prematurely in the UK survive, in practice abortion is in most cases up to 24 weeks.

In fact, the survival rate for extremely premature babies has doubled over the past decade, prompting new guidance allowing doctors to try to save babies born as early as 22 weeks into a pregnancy.

The previous clinical guidance, drafted in 2008, included a presumption against attempting to provide life-saving treatment to a baby born before 23 weeks.

On Sunday, two prominent pro-life politicians called for a review of the current time limits after new evidence emerged suggesting that unborn babies at just 13 weeks gestation could be suffering pain as they are being aborted.

A spokesperson for Right to Life UK Catherine Robinson said:

“Parliament should urgently revisit abortion time limits. It has been over a decade since they last debated fully.

“Independent polling from Savanta ComRes shows that 70% of women in the UK want to see the time limit for abortion reduced to 20 weeks or below. Our current abortion time limit is way out of line with the rest of Europe where the most common abortion time limit is 12 weeks.

“It’s time that our laws were brought into line with public opinion, modern science and the rest of Europe.”