Sunday, February 7, 2016

Evil aunts get life for exorcism killing | IOL

The women who should have been protecting their 14-year-old niece, but who instead killed her, were on Friday called “instruments of evil” in the Durban High Court, where they were sentenced to life imprisonment.

The image of the educated and churchgoing women belied the evil intent which they displayed when they disembowelled the teenager via her private parts in an exorcism to remove what they thought was a “demon code” located in her intestines.

The women - Fundiswa Faku, 33, and Lindelwa Jalubane, 41, with Jalubane’s daughters, Nokubonga, who will turn 22 tomorrow, and Minenhle, 19 - stood in the dock of the Durban High Court on Friday, their faces covered by jersey hoods and scarves.
“The horrific exorcism was performed under the pretext that you were removing a secret code of a demon from her abdomen. The evidence shows that all of you acted in common purpose to kill.”

In mitigation of sentence, pyshco-social reports from social workers were presented.

The reports stated that all four were first-time offenders in good physical and mental health. Other circumstances of their family life were also set out. They all attended the same church and were “devout Christians”.

Evil aunts get life for exorcism killing | IOL

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