|Police warn of creeping witchcraft problem in Britain|
Published in: Legalbrief Today
Date: Mon 05 March 2012
Issue No: 2988
Police and groups representing African communities have warned that ritualised abuse of children branded as witches is an under-reported and hidden crime in the UK, as a man and woman were convicted of murdering a boy (15) because they believed he was a witch.
A report in The Guardian says that Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu, both 28, murdered Magalie's brother Kristy Bamu in their east London flat after violently abusing him for several days because they believed he was possessed by evil spirits. Bikubi and Bamu also accused two of the teenager's sisters of witchcraft and were found guilty of causing actual bodily harm after abusing them for several days. The pair will be sentenced today (Monday). Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Detective Superintendent Terry Sharpe said the Met police had done a great deal of work to understand and deal with belief-based child abuse. 'However, this is a hidden and under-reported crime and therefore difficult to deal with in terms of protecting potential victims from harm,' he said.