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Family killed teenager for being a witch, UK court told

Sister sobs as she tells of beatings

By Jerome Taylor

The sister of a teenager who was allegedly beaten to death because relatives thought he was a witch sobbed yesterday as she described how she and her siblings were forced to pray for days on end before being beaten and tortured.

Kelly Bamu (21) travelled from Paris to the Old Bailey yesterday to give evidence against her older sister, Magalie, and her brother-in-law, Eric Bikubi.

The couple, from Forest Gate, East London, are accused of killing 15-year-old Kristy Bamu because they believed he had been possessed by kindoki -- a prevalent belief within Congolese culture that people can be overcome with evil spirits.

Jurors heard how Mr Bikubi began accusing Kelly, Kristy and a younger sibling of being witches after Kristy wet himself and tried to hide the evidence in the kitchen. Kristy was found dead in a bath tub on Christmas Day 2010.

"It's very traumatic to see that sort of thing," she recalled, wiping away tears. "His face was completely disfigured. Eric carried on and on and Magalie saw it all -- and Kristy, he's dead."

Ms Bamu and Mr Bikubi are both charged with murder and two counts of assault.

(Independent News Service)

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