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 01, 2012, 23:09