Ex­or­cist says he was ‘pos­sessed’ when he mur­dered chil­dren

The Myanmar Times - - News -

A SELF-PRO­CLAIMED sorcerer who al­legedly beat three chil­dren to death in an ex­or­cism rit­ual ap­peared in court on Novem­ber 18 when he told re­porters he was pos­sessed by a “dark spirit” at the time of the killings.

Po­lice say the black magic prac­ti­tioner, Ko Tun Naing, 30, punched and kicked two tod­dlers and an eight­month-old baby to death last month in a vil­lage on the out­skirts of the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, Ko Tun Naing told vil­lagers the chil­dren were pos­sessed by evil spir­its and then killed them over two days as their fam­i­lies watched the rit­ual.

Speak­ing as po­lice led him away from the court hear­ing, Ko Tun Naing told re­porters he had been pos­sessed when he at­tacked the chil­dren.

“I did it be­cause I lost con­trol of my mind at that time as the dark spirit took over me,” he said.

The un­cle of the dead three-yearold, also named Ko Tun Naing, said the vil­lagers lost their senses af­ter the sorcerer fed them “blessed” wa­ter and made them stand in a cir­cle as he re­cited in­can­ta­tions.

“Be­cause of what he did ev­ery­one was out of their mind,” he told AFP re­porters who vis­ited him in Twante, south of Yan­gon, sev­eral days af­ter the killings.

A po­lice re­port on the in­ci­dent said the bod­ies of the chil­dren – a three­year-old boy, a two-year-old girl and a baby girl – showed ev­i­dence of be­ing punched, kicked and stamped on.

Hos­pi­tal work­ers alerted au­thor­i­ties af­ter the fa­ther of an­other lit­tle girl who had been beaten brought her to hos­pi­tal. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the ex­or­cist struck the four-year-old girl an axe.

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. – AFP, with ad­di­tional re­port­ing

by The Myan­mar Times

Photo: AFP

Ko Tun Naing ar­rived at court on Novem­ber 18 chained to other de­tainees and es­corted by po­lice.

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