Jury con­victs 2 of ‘witch­craft’ killing

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LONDON | A Bri­tish jury on Thurs­day found a cou­ple guilty of tor­tur­ing and mur­der­ing a 15-year-old boy whom they ac­cused of witch­craft.

Ma­galie Bamu, 29, and her part­ner, Eric Bikubi, 28, orig­i­nally from Congo, were con­victed of killing Bamu’s brother Kristy, who drowned in a bath­tub on Christ­mas Day 2010.

Prose­cu­tors at London’s Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court said the teenager had 130 in­juries in­flicted by sticks, a me­tal bar, a ham­mer and a chisel. They said he even­tu­ally drowned af­ter be­ing forced into a bath­tub and doused with cold water.

The boy “had been the vic­tim of a pro­longed at­tack of un­speak­able sav­agery and bru­tal­ity,” pros­e­cu­tor Brian Alt­man told the jury.

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