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UK horror tale of witchcraft killing

2012-01-05 22:11

London - A British court is hearing the dramatic case of a teenage boy who was tortured and drowned because a relative suspected him of being a witch.

Prosecutors say Kristy Bamu, 15, begged to die because he was in such pain from repeated attacks on Christmas Day, 2010.

They say he eventually drowned after being forced into a bathtub and doused with cold water. It is not clear if he was still conscious at the time.

Prosecutor Brian Altman told the court on Thursday that Bamu had more than 100 injuries inflicted by sticks, a metal bar, a hammer and a chisel.

Bamu's sister and her partner are on trial in the Old Bailey. They deny killing the boy.

Comments
  • LeRoux - 2012-01-05 22:44

    It is generally believed these things only happen in (?primitive)Africa!

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-06 06:13

      I have a feeling this family was of Nigerian origin? Anyway, in Africa its common, Europe almost non existent, so I think you have not achieved what you are trying to insinuate.

      Heibrin - 2012-01-06 07:57

      @LeRoux: The perpetrators are immigrants from the DRC, so yes, it did happen in Europe, no, it wasn't Europeans, but Africans.

      emile.eley - 2012-01-06 08:15

      Ja the White guys were too busy gunning each other down. Makes sense.

      Craig - 2012-01-06 09:06

      Brakpan was quite well known for its witches and satanist in the 1980/90, it was run by a white afrikaans drug addict and yes they did murder people and animals.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-05 22:47

    Primitive stays primitive.

      Heibrin - 2012-01-06 10:00

      So true. So sad that it's Africans. Again.

      Hey Joe - 2012-01-06 11:40

      Congolese. If the boy had been a pygmy or an albino, they would have eaten him. Makes you invisible, or win the lotto, or something.

      Julie - 2012-01-17 20:19

      And ignorant remains ignorant! Dont generalise!

  • Vegi - 2012-01-05 22:48

    I am really tired of primitive horror stories from Europe.

      emile.eley - 2012-01-06 08:18

      Good morning all racists. Did you see that the top matriculant in the country is a Black boytjie? You go Ashraff. Now the rest of you, creep back into your caves.

      martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-06 09:25

      @Emil.eley, nothing to brag about idiot, they had to bring the level of education so far down for the so called rainbow nation to pass and still have of them can't make it, I can assure you a chimp will pass with destinction.

      Blade - 2012-01-06 09:46

      Then tell your primitive brotha's and sistahs to stop emmigrating (illegally) to Europe.

      Heibrin - 2012-01-06 09:59

      @emile.eley: that is no way to talk about the rest of the matriculants, if any of them were even remotely contemplating suicide due to bad grades and their peers taunting them, you probably pushed them over the edge with that 'back to your caves' comment. An btw, most of them live in shacks!

      Julie - 2012-01-17 20:17

      I live in AFRICA! Please specify where (?primitive) Africa is ? Satanistic behaviour is far more prevalent amongst european people.

  • QuestioningFaith - 2012-01-06 07:07

    http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Reply-to-RationalBeliever-20120105

  • Pierre - 2012-01-06 10:29

    Well at least no body parts were removed for a sangoma's muti to keep the man with the 6 wives in power!

      Julie - 2012-01-17 20:36

      There is no "UP-side" to a killing! Its sad sad sad, from all points of view!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-06 11:38

    We are living in the world wherein everything happened in dark ages is resurfacing, it doesn't matter in which continent.

  • Taboko - 2012-01-06 13:39

    even in UK there are witches i thought this was associated with Africans i arrest my ignorance

      Julie - 2012-01-17 20:29

      Its only associated with sick people which you will find in all nations.

      Julie - 2012-01-17 20:39

      You mean you "attest" your ignorance!

  • arno.west - 2012-01-06 13:53

    O my word will the Christian ever learn that makebelieve is not reality? They should stop killing and just face the world with out searching for the devil, we don't need fables to live a full and worthwhile life!

      Julie - 2012-01-17 20:30

      Sence at last!

  • damon.leff - 2012-03-03 19:48

    In March 2011 the South African Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities publicly announced its support for a campaign launched by South African Witches - '30 days of advocacy against witch-hunts' 29 March to 27 April. This campaign started in 2007 and is an annual, and global, advocacy event. As the initiator of this campaign, I call on the author of this piece, and all who read this, to support a call for an end to witch-hunts. For more information visit http://www.paganrightsalliance.org/30_days.html Damon Leff Director: South African Pagan Rights Alliance

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