|Artists sketch from the trial.|
To be very clear, there is absolutely no evidence at this time that Kristy was a practitioner of magic or an adherent of any modern pagan belief system. With that out of the way, this was a horrendous act of violence committed against someone utterly without cause. Bamu suffered 101 injuries, and prosecutors call the acts "depraved, wicked, and cruel."
From the BBC article: (a warning, this is incredibly graphic)
When police arrived they found Kristy and his siblings - brother Yves, 22, and and sister Kelly, 20, and other children. Kelly Bamu said their holiday turned sour when Mr Bikubi and Ms Bamu, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, accused Kristy, herself and their younger sister of "being witches or sorcerers - practising witchcraft - and adversely influencing his three-year-old son," Mr Altman said.
"Despite her own siblings' denials that they were sorcerers, Magalie Bamu joined her boyfriend in repeating these fantastic claims and participating in the assaults." The three were beaten and refused food, drink and sleep and eventually, to stop the torture, they admitted being sorcerers, the jury was told. But it was Kristy who became the focus of Mr Bikubi's attention, the court heard.
Mr Altman said: "Wickedly, the defendants also recruited sibling against sibling as vehicles for their violence.
"In a staggering act of depravity and cruelty, they both forced the others to take part in the assaults upon Kristy."
He added: "As Kristy's injuries became ever more severe he even pleaded to be allowed to die."
Mr Altman said Mr Bikubi's admission of manslaughter was rejected by the prosecution, which argues the couple carried out "the very deliberate murder" of Kristy. Ms Bamu also denies two charges of causing actual bodily harm to her sisters.
The BBC also reports that the victim, by the end, was begging to die.
I have nothing that I can add to this. Honestly, at this point in time, I am just staring at my screen with my jaw dropped. This is depraved, and it shouldn't happen at all, but especially in the modern age. It speaks to many things: mental illness (I'm reminded of the story of the man who was convinced God wanted him to gouge out his own eyes in church), mob mentality, the need for education, and the problem of nobody wanting to stand up in the face of violence. There were a lot of people in that house. Any of them could have picked up the phone and ended this.
Light a candle for Kristy Bamu. Wish his spirit well. And, if you so choose, join me in wishing his uncle a lifetime of suffering.
Love and Lyte,