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Couple on trial in London for murdering teenager over 'witchcraft' claims

The two 28-year-olds are accused of murdering their young relative who was spending Christmas 2010 with them.

Image: James Cridland via Creative Commons

A WOMAN AND HER boyfriend have gone on trial at the Old Bailey in London for murdering a 15-year-old relative they believed was practising witchcraft.

Kristy Bamu, 15, was found dead at Christmas in 2010 in the couple’s home. He and other siblings were visiting from Paris to spend the holidays with them in London.

His sister Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi, both aged 28 and originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but living in Newham, London deny murdering the teenager, the BBC reports.

Le Parisien reports that the court heard that Bikubi accused Kristy Bamu and two of his sisters of practising witchcraft and beat all three of them while refusing them food and drink.

Prosecutors claim that he had been beaten by the couple and drowned in their bathtub after being beaten with a metal bar and forced into the bath. They also said that he had over 100 wounds on his body and was too exhausted to save himself from drowning.

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