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NZ mother ‘drowned’ during Maori exorcism

Posted in News by Skepdude on May 4, 2009

A New Zealand family drowned a young mother by pouring water down her throat during a Maori exorcism, a court heard today.

Janet Moses, 22, died after family members poured water down her throat and into her eyes in an attempt to lift a curse on her, the High Court in Wellington, the capital, was told.

Ms Moses’ 14-year-old cousin also had her eyes gouged and water poured down her throat during the same ceremony.

Six women and three men, all members of Ms Moses’ family, are charged with manslaughter.

Crown prosecutor Kate Feltham told the High Court that Ms Moses drowned during an a cleansing ceremony at her grandparents’ home in Wainuiomata, near Wellington, the capial, in October 2007.

The family believed Ms Moses was possessed, Ms Feltham said.

During the ceremony, Ms Moses was restrained, while family members formed a circle around her, poured water into her eyes and down her throat.



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