Thursday, January 5, 2012

UK News: 'murdered over witch claim'

Kristy Bamu 'murdered over witch claim' in Newham

5 January 2012 Last updated at 13:35 GMT 
A 15-year-old boy was tortured and drowned because a relative believed he was a witch, the Old Bailey has heard.

Kristy Bamu, from Paris, who was spending Christmas with family, was found dead in Newham, east London, on 25 December 2010.

His siblings were also hosed down with cold water, the court heard.

His brother-in-law, Eric Bikubi, and his sister, Magalie Bamu, both 28, of Hathaway Crescent, Newham, deny murder.'Begged to die'

Bamu also denies two charges of causing actual bodily harm to her sisters.

Kristy's siblings were forced to join in the attack before they were all placed in the bath to be hosed down in cold water with a shower head by Mr Bikubi, the court heard.

The teenager was said to be in such pain after days of being hit with sticks, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die.

"It was only when he [Bikubi] realised that Kristy was not moving that he stopped what he was doing and pulled him from the water," said Brian Altman QC, prosecuting.

"By then it was too late."

The youngsters were visiting from Paris for the holiday.

The trial continues.

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