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- Kristy Bamu’s sister Magalie, 29, and her partner Eric Bikubi spent three days torturing youngster
- Police found knives, sticks, metal bars and a hammer and chisel in squalid east London flat where Kristy died on Christmas Day 2010
- He was accused by the pair of taking part in kindoki – or African voodoo
- Scotland Yard has investigated 83 ritualistic or faith-based abuse cases in the last 10 years
By Chris Greenwood
Created 10:43 PM on 1st March 2012
More than 80 children have suffered appalling abuse after being branded as witches in a crimewave fuelled by medieval beliefs imported from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
The scale of the problem – with many youngsters being beaten, starved and kept in cages – was revealed as a football coach was found guilty of torturing a boy to death.
Eric Bikubi, 28, faces life in prison after murdering 15-year-old Kristy Bamu in a four-day orgy of almost unimaginable violence.
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Guilty: Magalie Bamu, left, and her partner Eric Bikubi, right, spent three days attack Kristy before he slipped under the water in a bath and died
Over the past decade, Scotland Yard has recorded 83 cases of children suffering barbaric treatment, including bizarre exorcism rituals. But detectives fear there may be hundreds of other young victims.
Bikubi was in the grip of a lifetime obsession with kindoki, or witchcraft, and believed he had special powers to detect evil.
His girlfriend, former Marks & Spencer worker Magalie Bamu, 29, the victim’s eldest sister, was also convicted of murder at the Old Bailey.
Kristy suffered 130 injuries as he was attacked with weapons including a metal bar, hammer, chisel, pliers and even heavy ceramic floor tiles.
He drowned in a bath on Christmas Day 2010 in front of his four terrified siblings as Bikubi hosed them down with freezing water in an abhorrent ‘cleansing’ ritual.
The murder took place just nine days after a woman disembowelled her four-year-old daughter as a sacrifice because she believed the child was possessed.
Shayma Ali, who was later detained indefinitely in a mental hospital, was obsessed with evil spirits and had removed all the eyes from the little girl’s toys.
Both cases, which took place just a few miles apart in East London, shocked detectives. They warned the number of cases linked to witchcraft is growing but the beliefs behind them remain little understood.