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Couple jailed for teenager’s death

Published:Monday | March 5, 2012 | 4:03 PM

A couple who tortured and murdered a 15-year-old boy they accused of using witchcraft have been sentenced to life in prison.

The teenager, identified as Kristy Bamu and four of his siblings were visiting his sister 29-year-old Magalie Bamu and her partner 28-year-old Eric Bikubi, when he was killed.

The court heard that Kristy drowned in a bath in an exorcism at their flat in Newham, east London, on Christmas Day in 2010 after days of torture.

Bikubi was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years while Bamu must serve 25 years.

During the sentencing, Judge David Paget said the murder had a sadistic element and that the ordeal the children were subjected to almost passes belief.

However, he accepted Bikubi's defence that he had brain damage and had believed that Kristy was a witch.

During the trial, the court also heard that Kristy was attacked with knives, sticks, metal bars, ceramic floor tiles, bottles and a hammer and chisel by Bikubi and Bamu who also used a pair of pliers to twist his ear.