A South Korean woman was sentenced to six years in a German prison, after she killed her cousin in a horrific “exorcism” ritual, where she beat and suffocated the woman for two hours before she died.
Delayed sentences were handed down to the other family members who participated in this murder. Also accused were the dead woman’s 16-year old son, her 41-year old cousin (who received the 6 year sentence), the cousin’s 15-year-old daughter, and 22-year-old son.
The very religious South Korean family decided to carry out the exorcism ritual when they thought the woman was possessed by a demon. The family thought it was a demon possession when the victim “physically aggressive, lashing out and talking to herself for unexplained reasons”, according to prosecutors.
The Sun reports:
Prosecutors said the victim – named in court as Seonhwa P, 41 – was set upon by family members after she began talking to herself and lashing out during a visit to the hotel in December 2015.
The odd behaviour led the accused to attempt the “exorcism”, the prosecutor said.
The woman was gagged with a towel, and later with a cloth-covered coat hanger, while her chest and stomach were beaten for two hours, the court heard.
The victim suffered “massive chest compression and trauma to the neck” and died of asphyxiation.
Judges at the district court in the western German city where the crime took place found the victim’s 44-year-old cousin, described as the main perpetrator, guilty of inflicting bodily harm causing death.
The guilty woman – named as Doean K. – had “taken it upon herself to decide over life and death”, prosecutor Nadja Boettinger said during the trial.