Witchcraft Torture Couple Jailed For Life
Kristy Bamu suffered 130 injuries over days of torture before he was finally drowned in a bath.
Kristy, 15, died in a flat in a Newham tower block in east London, on Christmas Day 2010.
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.
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.
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Short video from inside the flat.
Kristy was attacked with hammers, metal bars, pliers, ceramic tiles, a chisel and wooden poles in a bid to exorcise evil spirits.
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.
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.”