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Trial of Pair accused of killing boy they thought was using 'Witchcraft'

Post by Guest on Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:17 pm

Pair On Trial Over Boy's 'Witchcraft' Murder

1:19pm UK, Thursday January 05, 2012

Tom Parmenter, Sky News correspondent

A 15-year-old boy who died from "unspeakable savagery and brutality" was attacked by relatives who believed he was a sorcerer involved in witchcraft, a court has heard.
The victim, Kristy Bamu, was found drowned with 101 different injuries on Christmas Day 2010 in a flat in Newham, east London.

He had travelled with his siblings from Paris to spend the holiday with his older sister Magalie Bamu.

Opening the trial at the Old Bailey, prosecutor Brian Altman QC told the jury that when Kristy was found: "His face and his head were covered in deep cuts and bruising, his arms and back bore deep cuts and lacerations, there were teeth missing or loose in his mouth.

"It was plain that Kristy had been the victim of a prolonged attack of unspeakable savagery and brutality" he added.

He said Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi, both 28, had been abusing members of the family for four days.

The prosecutor argued that while the youngsters had enjoyed their first few days there, "the mood started to turn sour".



The flat was littered with what was described as an 'armoury of weapons'

Kristy's siblings were forced to join in the violence before they were all placed in the bath to be hosed down in cold water by Bikubi on December 25, 2010, the court heard.

"It was only when he realised that Kristy was not moving that he stopped what he was doing and pulled him from the water. By then it was too late," said Mr Altman.

Bikubi, he alleged, believed Kristy was "a sorcerer or witch, practising witchcraft".

When emergency services arrived the small eighth floor flat was covered in blood.

It was littered with an "armoury of weapons" allegedly used in the attacks including several knives, a metal pole, a wooden stick, a pair of blood stained pliers, a hammer, a chisel, broken ceramic tiles and a blood stained mop.

Mr Altman went on to tell the jury: "In a staggering act of depravity and cruelty they both forced the others to take part in the assaults upon Kristy."

When paramedics arrived Bikubi was carrying out CPR on the victim on the bathroom floor.

He told paramedics the victim was his "brother-in-law" and that Kristy had returned to the flat and had felt unwell and was looking "spaced out".

Other children, injured and terrified, were found in the flat. None of them spoke English.

Bikubi has admitted manslaughter but denies murder on grounds of diminished responsibility due to mental illness Bamu denies the charges.

The trial continues

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16142959

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Re: Trial of Pair accused of killing boy they thought was using 'Witchcraft'

Post by Guest on Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:21 pm

What on earth is wrong with people! Absolutely disgraceful and in this day and age too No


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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:32 pm

Had to read it twice to believe it!!!!!!

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Witchcraft Torture Couple Jailed For Life

Post by Guest on Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:38 pm

A couple convicted of torturing and drowning a teenage boy they accused of being a witch have been jailed for life. Kristy Bamu suffered 130 injuries over days of torture before he was finally drowned in a bath.

His sister Magalie, 29, has been given a minimum term of 25 years behind bars and her partner Eric Bikubi, 28, a minimum term of 30 years.


Kristy had come to London to spend Christmas with his sister

They were sentenced at the Old Bailey in London following their convictions last week for the murder. Judge David Paget told the couple they were guilty of "prolonged torture involving mental and physical suffering being inflicted before death".

Kristy, 15, died in a flat in a Newham tower block in east London, on Christmas Day 2010. He had travelled to London from Paris with his two brothers and two sisters to spend the holiday with Magalie. But during the stay, Magalie and football coach Bikubi became convinced Kristy was a witch and began a four day "deliverance" ceremony.

Kristy was attacked with hammers, metal bars, pliers, ceramic tiles, a chisel and wooden poles in a bid to exorcise evil spirits. His brothers and sisters were made to join in the torture and if they refused Bikubi forced light bulbs in their mouths and threatened them with knives. None of the children were allowed to sleep or eat and were forced to join in chanting and prayers. At one point, Bikubi told the youngsters to jump out of the window to see if they could fly, the court heard. On Christmas Day, Bikubi put the children in the bath for ritual cleansing but Kristy was so weak after three days of abuse that he slipped under the water. His sisters, aged 20 and 11, were also beaten but escaped further attacks after "confessing" to being witches.

Both Bikubi and the Bamu family hail originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where accusing children of witchcraft and then exorcising them is commonplace. The practice is known as "kindoki" and during the trial, the jury was told it was the "driving force" behind the murder. The judge accepted that Bikubi's mental damage may have made him more inclined to believe Kristy was a witch and a threat to a young child of the family. But he added: "The belief in witchcraft, however genuine, cannot excuse an assault to another person, let alone the killing of another human being."

He told Magalie he did not accept her denial of belief in witchcraft and claim that she was forced to attack Kristy by Bikubi. "It is only explicable if you shared Eric Bikubi's belief. It provides some explanation for what happened, but it does not excuse it," the judge said.

No separate sentence was passed for attacks on Kristy's sisters, although the judge said: "The ordeal they were subjected to almost passes belief."
Kristy's father Pierre said in a statement: "Kristy died in unimaginable circumstances at the hands of people he loved and trusted - people we all loved and trusted. I feel betrayed. To know that Kristy's own sister, Magalie, did nothing to save him makes the pain that much worse."

Scotland Yard has investigated 83 cases involving abuse resulting from ritualistic or faith-based beliefs and brought 17 prosecutions over the last 10 years.

Detective Superintendent Terry Sharpe said: "This is a hidden and under-reported crime and therefore difficult to deal with in terms of protecting potential victims from harm."

Save the Children's head of child protection Bill Bell said: "This case must serve as a wake-up call to governments and local authorities to do more to prevent this kind of terrible abuse from happening to children in future."

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16182605

Prison is too good for them, pure evil. Her own brother Evil or Very Mad

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Re: Trial of Pair accused of killing boy they thought was using 'Witchcraft'

Post by Guest on Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:45 pm

Evil bastards

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Re: Trial of Pair accused of killing boy they thought was using 'Witchcraft'

Post by Guest on Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:30 pm

Nems Again wrote:Evil bastards

Totally agree, I just don't understand how anyone could treat another human being in such a way. Let alone their brother Sad

They did at least get lengthy sentences, it doesn't change anything though does it? Poor kid, heartbreaking.


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Re: Trial of Pair accused of killing boy they thought was using 'Witchcraft'

Post by Guest on Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:05 pm

According to the Guardian, Christianity is to blame for this as it "introduced" the concept of good and evil to African society.

It was the Pentecostals especially apparently.

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Re: Trial of Pair accused of killing boy they thought was using 'Witchcraft'

Post by Guest on Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:28 pm

Well the disgraced Bliar encouraged ignorant savages to come here. -- He should carry some of the blame. Voodoo and black magic is still rife among some savages

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