Criminal Law: Couple jailed for killing 15-year-old ‘witch’

Criminal Law: Couple jailed for killing 15-year-old ‘witch’

A couple who tortured and killed a 15-year-old boy after accusing him of using witchcraft have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi were meant to be caring for Miss Bamu’s younger brother Kristy and four more siblings when they visited for Christmas in 2010, in their flat in Newham, east London.

But Mr Bikubi accused the boy and the other children of being witches and began beating and torturing them.

Over four days, Kristy was hit with an “armoury of weapons” including a hammer, chisel, sticks, pliers and a metal bar.

He suffered 101 injuries before finally drowning when he was kept in a bath, and was too tired to keep his head above the water any longer.

Mr Bibuki claimed that he was not guilty because he suffered from an “abnormality of mental functioning” at the time of the murder.

Despite his claims, Mr Bibuki and Miss Bamu were jailed for life.

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