The torso was that of a 6-year-old African boy, christened Adam by the police, who had been smuggled in England in order to become the subject of a ritual sacrifice.
On 26 July 2004, The Evening Standard reported thus:
"Child trafficker Kingsley Ojo who may have smuggled the Thames 'torso boy' into Britain, was jailed for a total of four and a half years today.Four and a half years for a torso, a decapitated head and all the other stuff.
Kingsley Ojo is thought to have smuggled hundreds of illegal immigrants into Britain and provided them with new identities.
Police believe he was part of a ring that trafficked the Thames 'torso boy' from Africa into the country. The limbless and headless body of the five-year-old - named Adam by detectives - was found floating in the Thames in September 2001.
Ojo, a 30-year-old Nigerian, used the ploy made famous in the Frederick Forsyth novel Day Of The Jackal, taking on the identity of a dead child to obtain a British passport - allowing him to travel without suspicion throughout Europe.
He entered Britain in 1999 with false papers under the name Mousa Kamara, claiming to be from Sierra Leone. He said he was seeking asylum from the country's civil war and was given permission to stay. Soon afterwards he met Barbara Bourne, 45, a woman living in Tottenham, whose son Kieran had died shortly after his birth in 1979.
Unbeknown to his girlfriend, he used the dead child to reinvent his identity again - then dumped her after obtaining a false driving licence and passport.
For more than a year he used 'business trips' between Naples and London to smuggle illegal immigrants. The authorities fear they were used as domestic slaves or sold into the sex trade.
Ojo's home in Stratford was raided last July by Scotland Yard's Operation Maxim team, which tackles immigration crime. Today he was being sentenced at Southwark Crown Court after admitting assisting illegal immigration.
He had trafficked Christopher Efe, into Britain on a stolen passport and also brought in Sylvester Ehigie. Immigration authorities say they were only the tip of the iceberg.
Customs investigators believe Ojo could have aided criminals with drug connections and benefited from earnings of prostitutes who were brought over to the UK from Nigeria. The illegal immigrants paid up to £3,000 each to reach their final destination.
When officers searched his flat, they found a video of mock-up ritual killings as well as a shot of what appeared to be a decapitated head in a basin.
Also discovered was a 'bizarre' voodoo artefact in the form of a rat's skull, pierced by a long metal spike and bound in black thread.
He showed no emotion as Judge Neil Stewart rejected defence pleas for "non-custodial leniency" and said the offences he had committed were so serious that prison was inevitable. There were, he said, a string of 'aggravating' features."
Seven years for 'incitement to racial hatred.' (Telling the truth about immigrant misbehaviour)
On 30 July 2003, The Mirror reported thus:
"Detectives investigating the Ju-Ju ritual murder of a little boy arrested 21 people yesterday.On 13 May 2005, The Evening Standard reported thus:
About 200 Scotland Yard officers raided nine houses and flats. They seized voodoo artefacts, including an animal skull with a nail driven through it and samples of African soil and rock used in making magic potions.
The officers have been involved in a two-year murder investigation since the headless and dismembered body of the boy - named Adam by police - was found in the Thames in London.
In the raids, in South and East London, they also uncovered dozens of fake British passports, identity documents and forged correspondence to be used in benefit fraud and illegal immigration. Nineteen of those held are from Nigeria, where police scientists say the murdered child, thought to be aged about five and whose identity is still not known, originally came from. Commander Andy Baker, head of Scotland Yard's homicide squad, said:
'We believe we have evidence of large scale people smuggling from Africa and that some of those we are now holding know things about the murder of Adam.'
Detectives think Adam was murdered at a house in the Lewisham area of South London by a West African voodoo priest to bring good luck to a mysterious group of worshippers. They also think his missing head and limbs may have been saved and hidden for future ceremonies.
Murder squad officers have uncovered frightening evidence of voodoo sacrifice linking West Africa and Britain, including a video thought to be an instruction manual on human sacrifice and featuring the simulated killing of a boy of about Adam's age.
It has also emerged that a box of dried human penises was found at Heathrow Airport earlier this year that had come from a flight from Nigeria.
And a Nigerian man wearing a human tongue on a chain around his neck was stopped at Heathrow by customs officers. Detectives believe it was a voodoo talisman to guarantee the man success in a fraud he was planning. They also think that some of the people arrested yesterday, including 11 women, may have been present when Adam was murdered.
They are sure the child was killed in a Nigerian Ju-Ju ritual to bring good luck to a gang involved in smuggling illegal immigrants to England.
The gang is suspected of smuggling scores of people, most of them from Nigeria, into Europe.
Many of those they have brought in are thought to have been children who have then been used in benefit frauds or sold to wealthy Africans as slaves.
Detectives believe one member of the group may also be a voodoo priest involved in as many as 20 ritual child murders in the last seven years in Britain, Africa and Europe.
Scotland Yard say the way Adam was killed and the manner in which he was cut up have all the hallmarks of a Ju-Ju, or black magic, murder. His body had been carefully drained of blood and his limbs and head surgically cut from the torso.
Experts found his stomach contained traces of a potion made from ground animal bone and Nigerian soil - another clear sign of a sacrificial murder.
The boy was wearing only a pair of orange shorts with a label showing they had been bought from a branch of Woolworths in Germany.
Last year, the police made their first important breakthrough when a Nigerian woman was arrested in Glasgow after she told social workers she wanted to sacrifice her children.
When police searched her home, two pairs of orange children's shorts, identical to those worn by Adam, were found in a drawer. She denied knowledge of the murder and was deported as an illegal immigrant.
But in March, Scotland Yard officers travelled to Benin City in Nigeria to interview her. Adam is believed to have come from the same area - as well as most of those arrested yesterday."
"Scotland Yard today revealed it has been unable to trace all but two of 300 black boys aged four to seven reported missing from school in a three-month period.
Child welfare experts say the number highlights the scale of the trade in children brought to Britain as domestic servants and covers for benefit fraud.
The figure emerged through the murder inquiry following the discovery of a child's torso in the Thames in September 2001. The identity of the victim, named "Adam" by police, is not known but his background was traced to Nigeria, it is believed he died in a ritual sacrifice.
Detectives asked each London local education authority to give them details of black boys aged four to seven reported missing from school between July and September 2001. It emerged 300 had vanished, 299 from Africa and one from the Caribbean. Police only managed to trace two children.
The true figure for missing boys and girls is feared to be several thousand a year. Detective Chief Inspector Will O'Reilly, leading the hunt for Adam's killers, said:
'It is a large figure, far more than we anticipated. 300 young boys didn't return to school and are really lost in the system.'
Police visited the children's addresses, but in most cases were told the boys had returned to Africa. Inquiries undertaken via Interpol in the boys' home countries failed to trace them. Journalist Yinka Sunmonu, an expert in the issue, told the BBC's Today programme:
'Children are being trafficked. There is domestic slavery, physical abuse, sexual abuse. Children are ... here one day and gone the next.'
The Met's recent Paladin child investigation found hundreds of unaccompanied children arrive in Britain each month."