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US man ‘raped, scalded half-sister’

2011-04-13 11:33

New York - A man accused of raping and scalding his half-sister before their mother killed her last year made the mentally disabled woman "a tortured prisoner", a prosecutor said on Tuesday at the start of his trial.

Luke Wright, 32, is charged with physically assaulting and sexually abusing 23-year-old Laura Cummings.

Prosecutors say he severely burned her face with a pot of boiling water, scalded her buttocks in a bathtub, raped her and forcibly sodomised her with a broomstick.

He also faces counts of unlawful imprisonment for keeping her tied to a chair to prevent her from running away, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

Last two months of tortured life

"He hated when Laura stared at him," Assistant District Attorney Kristin St Mary told an Erie County Court jury, describing the victim as "childlike".

"He would tell her to stare down at the floor, and when she looked up, he would put a hood over her head."

While authorities have said Laura Cummings endured years of abuse, the charges focus on the last two months of her life, when they said the abuse by Wright and their mother, Eva Cummings, escalated.

"Her brother, the defendant, made her a tortured prisoner," St Mary said.

Eva Cummings pleaded guilty in October to second-degree murder, admitting that she smothered her daughter with her bare hands in their home in rural North Collins, 30km south of Buffalo, in January 2010. She is serving up to life in prison.

Defence: Brother is mentally disabled

"Every day and night for the last two months of her life, Laura was bound and tied to a chair," said St Mary, relying heavily on what Wright told police after Cummings' death.

"Laura did not sleep in a bed. Laura did not have a bed."

Defence attorney John Nuchereno cautioned jurors against believing the 60 pages of statements that Wright gave investigators.

Wright was mentally disabled from birth and brain damaged from childhood beatings with baseball bats and bricks inside a "house of horrors" controlled by his mother, the attorney said.

"It was a home without a heart," Nuchereno said.

The trial is expected to last about a week. Wright faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Comments
  • Andrew - 2011-04-13 11:46

    I am constantly astounded by the cruelty of some people. What makes this even more disgusting is that it is the responsibility of the strong to protect the weak, especially within a family. All that I can hope is that their suffering is equal to the torment they inflicted.

  • Stevezim - 2011-04-13 11:47

    How is a creature like this allowed to live? I hope that he is not given special treatment and a private cell and that 'general population' is able to mete out a punishment that the coury cannot give. Sickening.

  • Thelma - 2011-04-13 12:10

    So so sad...........

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-13 12:12

    :( NO WORDS...........

  • leeupan - 2011-04-13 12:23

    Absolutely the deeds of sick human beings.

  • Nunya - 2011-04-13 12:27

    I think that the mother should get the death sentence...the man was also mentally disabled..also by the hands of the cruel cow. If it was not for her(BEATINGS WITH A BAT & BRICKS) the boy would have been normal and might never have done these things, and the girl would still have been alive. You cannot blame a mentally disabled person.

  • Nice Guy - 2011-04-13 12:28

    I thought this sort of thing only happened in the east rand where incest is the norm!!!

      Steve - 2011-04-13 12:40

      watch it boy, the East Rand is where the dogs don't run loose in the streets, they are scared of the children

      hf44083 - 2011-04-13 13:37

      You really need to change your name - you truly are a pain and horrible human being. Maybe you chose that name because of wishful thinking that maybe one day you would become a Nice Guy.

  • charl.laubscher - 2011-04-13 12:32

    Let him out ill b waiting!!

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-04-13 12:44

    WTF??? Hang them both

  • FrankLee - 2011-04-13 12:47

    From the atheistic evolutionist point of view this is simply a matter of the survival of the fittest. Since there is no absolute law-giver in the atheists world, there is also no absolute moral truth. All morals and truths are relative. So these people were simply exercising what was right in their own view. As far as their truth is concerned, they did nothing wrong. The only thing that can tell them that they are wrong is that those who have the law on their side are able to bring to bear a great deal more force to enforce the views of the society in which they find themselves. There's no "protecting of the weak" moral in their truth. Therefore it's a bit strange to hear atheists raise their voices to condemn such acts. One the other hand if one believes in the biblical God then it makes sense that there should be such an absolute moral truth since there exists an absolute law-giver, one that is compassionate, loving and kind and patiently waiting that people should repent and accept the free gift of life on offer. OK, you can flame me now.

      KomboKitten - 2011-04-13 12:54

      see my blog www.helpingthemistreated.blogspot.com I have more than enough reason to believe evolution is not true. And just because freaks think they are right does not make them right.

      KomboKitten - 2011-04-13 12:54

      your beliefs have nothing to do with raising your voice, if anybody is apathetic they bring danger into the world, especially into their own minds/lives.

      kevs - 2011-04-13 13:21

      Survival of the fittest, cmon, I seem to understand why you are A- theist. Survival anywhere in any terms mean, food, when I am attacked I fight back. Not this, they were not in danger at all, not from the start that is. Shallow thinking. As shallow as the atheistic "theory".

      buzz - 2011-04-13 13:23

      @kitten, what is it with you and promoting your blog? Please give it a rest, its embarrassing...

      Irené - 2011-04-13 15:29

      Franklee- you've been quiet for a while havent you? Cant you please give the 'atheists have no morals' a bloody rest? I have values, I have morals, I love peoplein - not believing in your jealous and vengeful god doesnt make us lawless citizens- I would even go as far as to say we are more rational in our actions- because we dont blame God or the devil when we do bad stuff. You know like those pastors who molest boys- or the rapist who blames the devil... most serial killers in history (more so than not) were xtian- and not atheist. Its so sad that you live in a bubble where anyone who does not subscribe to your religious doctrines are deemed immoral. I find it very scary that your comment seems to say if there was no ultimate creator and lawmaker- we would not need to be ethical and moral. It seems like you are the one who needs some guidance- dont you have a voice in your head who tells you when you are doing something wrong?? Or is that your supposed 'god'?

      Ellie - 2011-07-14 07:49

      @Irene: I would rather live my life as if there is a God, then die and find out there isn't, than live my life as if there is NOT a God, then die and find out there is! oh my dear I feel sorry for you! you have no idea what life can be as a true Christian, everybody makes misktakes!some people claim they are Christians, but lead the life of satan!good luck, you might need it more than what you think!

  • Moi1980 - 2011-04-13 12:55

    What a tragic story. That poor girl...the pain she had to endure

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