UK jury convicts 2 of killing boy for `witchcraft`

Last Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 23:09

London: A British jury has found a couple
guilty of torturing and murdering a 15-year-old boy whom they
accused of witchcraft.

Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi were convicted
Thursday of killing Magalie`s brother Kristy Bamu, who drowned
in a bathtub on Christmas Day 2010.

Prosecutors at London`s Central Criminal Court said the
teenager had 130 injuries inflicted by sticks, a metal bar, a
hammer and a chisel.

They said he eventually drowned after being forced into a
bathtub and doused with cold water.

They said the boy`s sister and her boyfriend beat him as
part of a "deliverance" ceremony because they believed he had
cast spells on another child in the family.

The couple, originally from Congo, had denied murder. They
will be sentenced Monday.


First Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 23:09

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