Evil pair jailed for MINIMUM of 55 years for torturing 15-year-old boy to death after accusing him of being a witch

A woman who tortured her teenage brother to death after accusing him  of witchcraft was jailed for life yesterday.

Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi inflicted more than 130 injuries on  15-year-old Kristy Bamu over the course of a horrific four-day attack.

Bamu, 29, a former Marks & Spencer worker, was told she will spend at least 25 years behind bars for the barbaric killing. Her boyfriend, 28, a former football coach, was jailed for at least 30 years after a jury heard that he had caused the teenager the most suffering.

Jailed: Eric Bikubi, left, and his partner Magalie Bamu, right, were both jailed for life today for the horrific torture of Magalie's brother Kristy, which led to his death
Jailed: Eric Bikubi, left, and his partner Magalie Bamu, right, were both jailed for life today for the horrific torture of Magalie's brother Kristy, which led to his death

Jailed: Eric Bikubi, left, and his partner Magalie Bamu, right, were both jailed for life today for the horrific torture of Magalie’s brother Kristy, which led to his death

Victim: 15-year-old Kristy Bamu, pictured left with a friend, suffered 130 injuries after being hit with an arsenal of weapons including broken ceramic floor tilesVictim: 15-year-old Kristy Bamu, pictured left with a friend, suffered 130 injuries after being hit with an arsenal of weapons including broken ceramic floor tiles

Sentencing the Congolese pair at the Old Bailey, Judge David Paget QC said Bamu must have realised her sibling was going to die in an attack that ‘surpassed belief’.

He added: ‘I am aware of the controversy of the meaning of the word sadistic in this context. I am in no doubt this murder involved a sadistic element. The intention was to rid Kristy Bamu of witchcraft.

‘To do that both of you brutalised and physically abused him until eventually he died. It was prolonged torture.

‘A belief in witchcraft, however genuine, can never excuse an assault on another person or the killing of another human being.

‘I find it impossible not to  conclude that there was an  intention by you, Eric Bikubi, to kill, perhaps not at first but certainly at the end of the ordeal inflicted on Kristy.

In court: Kelly Bamu, pictured on the witness stand, said Kristy asked for forgiveness. 'He asked again and again,' she said, adding 'Magalie did absolutely nothing. She didn't give a damn'In court: Kelly Bamu, pictured on the witness stand, said Kristy asked for forgiveness. ‘He asked again and again,’ she said, adding ‘Magalie did absolutely nothing. She didn’t give a damn’

‘You, Magalie Bamu, must have realised that might happen, why else say to your mother: “If you do not collect the children, Eric would kill Kristy”.’

After the convictions, Kristy’s father Pierre said: ‘Kristy was a delightful child with a promising future – we will miss him terribly.

‘The fact Kristy died at the hands of those who were expected to look after him and his siblings during their visit to London, makes it all the more difficult for us to come to terms with.’

Detective Superintendent Terry Sharpe, of the Metropolitan Police, warned that crimes linked with  witchcraft remained ‘hidden and under-reported’.

 

WARNING: Graphic images below

Violent evidence: Kristy suffered 130 injuries after being tortured for four days with weapons including broken ceramic floor tiles Violent evidence: Kristy suffered 130 injuries after being tortured for four days with weapons including broken ceramic floor tiles

Knife and hammer at the scene
Knife and hammer at the scene

Witchcraft: These weapons were found at the scene in what officers called an ‘unprecedented scenario’

Evidence: Officers found an array of weapons in the flat, including pliers, a pole, and a piece of wood
Evidence: Officers found an array of weapons in the flat, including pliers, a pole, and a piece of wood

Evidence: Officers found a whole array of weapons in the flat, including pliers, a pole, and a piece of wood

Terrible death: Kristy's last words were 'I just want to die now' before he slipped underneath the water in the bathTerrible death: Kristy’s last words were ‘I just want to die now’ before he slipped underneath the water in the bath

He added: ‘It is difficult to see how the verdicts will bring much comfort to the Bamu family but I do hope that it will allow them to move on with their lives.’

The court previously heard that Bamu and Bikubi, like many Congolese nationals, were obsessed with kindoki, or witchcraft.

The couple accused Kristy of trying to bewitch a child in the family  after he arrived from Paris for  Christmas 2010 with four of his siblings at their council flat in Newham, East London.

The pair beat him with a metal weightlifting pole, a curtain rod and a wooden plank, knocked out his teeth with a hammer and smashed heavy floor tiles over his head.

Meanwhile his siblings, aged between 11 and 22, were forced to fast and pray throughout the night and at some points goaded to join in and clear up the pools of blood.

Kristy drowned in the bath on Christmas Day after begging to die as Bikubi hosed him down to ‘cleanse’ him of evil spirits.

The sentences mark the end of a court case that has sparked calls for police to do more to tackle crimes fuelled by such medieval beliefs.

There have been at least 83 cases of children attacked in London for ‘sorcery’ over the past decade.

Shocking: This was the squalid and bloodstained scene police were confronted by when they discovered the killing of Kristy Bamu by his sister and her partner in Newham, east LondonShocking: This was the squalid and bloodstained scene police were confronted by when they discovered the killing of Kristy Bamu by his sister and her partner in Newham, east London

Scene of the crime: Kristy was forced to pray for deliverance for four days and deprived of food and waterScene of the crime: Kristy was forced to pray for deliverance for four days and deprived of food and water

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110446/Witchcraft-murder-Eric-Bikubi-Maglie-Bamu-jailed-MINIMUM-55-years.html#ixzz1oRyGO66t

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