Po­lice set to sue ex­or­cist for child mur­der

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - TOE WAI AUNG toe­wa­iaung@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

Af­ter a tod­dler and three in­fants were killed and an­other child se­verely in­jured in an al­leged spir­i­tual rit­ual in Twante town­ship, po­lice are pur­su­ing charges against the ex­or­cist that could re­sult in a max­i­mum life sen­tence.

PO­LICE are plan­ning to sue an ex­or­cist re­spon­si­ble for mur­der­ing three chil­dren dur­ing a rit­ual al­legedly aimed at rid­ding a vil­lage in Yangon’s Twante town­ship of bad spir­its.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the ex­or­cist was in­vited to the vil­lage by a lo­cal res­i­dent.

Ko Soe Min, 18, who works in Aye­yarwady Re­gion’s Maubin town­ship, brought his friend Ko Tun Naing, 30, home to Twante town­ship with him on the morning of Oc­to­ber 18.

When Ko Tun Naing ar­rived at Ko Soe Min’s house, he sensed ghosts and promised to ex­or­cise them.

That night, the fam­i­lies of Ko Soe Min and his three broth­ers gath­ered at one of their houses. Nearly two dozen peo­ple were present in to­tal. Ko Tun Naing marked off the area and told them they could not leave.

He started with the son of Ko Mya Min Soe. The child, Ko Nay La Lin aka Tit To, was three years old. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Ko Tun Naing kicked, punched and stomped on the lit­tle boy. The tod­dler was dead by about mid­night.

The next morning, Oc­to­ber 19, at 7 am, Ko Tun Naing got into a boat with Tit To’s body, throw­ing it over­board in the Twante Canal.

That same morning, Ko Tun Naing re­sumed beat­ing, kick­ing, punch­ing, and stomp­ing on the fam­ily’s chil­dren, po­lice said. Ko Soe Min’s two-year-old daugh­ter Hla Hnin Shwe and eight­month-old Yamin, the daugh­ter of Ko Soe Min’s brother Ko Aung Soe Moe, were dead by 10pm.

The next morning, Oc­to­ber 20, again ris­ing at 7am, Tun Naing buried the in­fants next to the fam­ily’s house.

Ko Soe Min’s four-year-old daugh­ter, Ma Thin Thin Soe, had sur­vived the pre­vi­ous night’s beat­ing but on Oc­to­ber 20, Ko Tun Naing re­sumed the rit­ual child beat­ing, even­tu­ally strik­ing the young girl with an axe. She was sent to Twante town­ship hospi­tal and then Yangon Gen­eral Hospi­tal with in­juries to her cheeks, arms, up­per lip, and eye­brow. Health of­fi­cials re­ported the abuse to po­lice.

Ko Tun Naing was re­ported to the po­lice and he was ar­rested. Po­lice found Tit To’s body in the canal. Ko Tun Naing has been charged un­der sec­tions 302, 325, and 201 of the pe­nal code, for caus­ing griev­ous hurt, dis­pos­ing of ev­i­dence, and mur­der. If con­victed, he faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison.

Photo: AFP

Hospi­tal work­ers carry the body of three-year-old Nay La Linn, a vic­tim of an ex­or­cism rit­ual, for burial at a pub­lic ceme­tery in Twante on Oc­to­ber 22.

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