The pair responsible for the death of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu have been jailed today. Eric Bikubi has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison whilst Magalie Bamu has been ordered to serve 25 years. The couple were found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey last week.
Judge David Paget told the couple the case was particularly serious and involved sadistic behaviour.
"It was prolonged torture involving metal and physical suffering being inflicted before death," he said.
He told Bikubi that he accepted that his mental damage may have made him more inclined to believe Kristy was a witch and a threat to the young child of the family.
But Judge Paget added: "The belief in witchcraft, however genuine, cannot excuse an assault to another person, let alone the killing of another human being."
He told Bamu he did not accept her denial of belief in witchcraft and that she was forced to attack Kristy by Bikubi.
"It is only explicable if you shared Eric Bikubi's belief. It provides some explanation for what happened, but it does not excuse it," he told her.