LONDON – A British judge has sentenced a man and woman to life in prison for torturing and murdering a 15-year-old boy whom they accused of witchcraft.
Judge David Paget ordered 28-year-old Magalie Bamu to serve at least 25 years and her 29-year-old partner Eric Bikubi a minimum of 30 years before they can be considered for parole.
The couple, originally from Congo, were convicted last week of killing Magalie's brother Kristy Bamu during an exorcism ceremony at their London apartment in December 2010.
Prosecutors at London's Central Criminal Court said the teenager had 130 injuries inflicted by sticks, a metal bar, a hammer and a chisel. They said he eventually drowned after being forced into a bathtub and doused with cold water.