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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May, 2005, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
Girl was to be 'thrown in river'
Sebastian Pinto arrives at court
Sebastian Pinto denies aiding and abetting child cruelty
A 10-year-old girl accused of witchcraft said she was to be "thrown away" into a river from a third-floor flat, the Old Bailey has heard.

The girl said she had been zipped up in a bag, and women she knew as her mother and aunt were about to throw her out.

She added that she was fed only tea and bread, and beaten with the buckle end of a belt.

The child's aunt, 39, and Sita Kisanga, 35, from London, deny conspiracy to murder and child cruelty charges.

They were putting me in the bag to throw me away.
Alleged victim

Sebastian Pinto, 33, and Kiwonde Kiese, 21, both of Stoke Newington, London, deny aiding and abetting child cruelty.

The prosecution alleges the 39-year-old woman and Ms Kisanga were planning to kill the girl in November 2003.

They claim the pair had put her in a laundry bag and were going to drown her in the New River, which runs behind Ms Kisanga's home on the Woodberry Down Estate, Hackney, north London.

'Iron bar'

In a video shown to jurors on Thursday the girl said: "They were putting me in the bag to throw me away.

"My aunty lived on the third floor and they were going to throw me away in the water."

She also told how they stopped only when they were warned by a man - whom the girl knew as her uncle - that they could go to jail.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel through a video link, the girl said she had been accused of hitting a boy with an iron bar and chilli pepper was rubbed in her eye until she was forced to agree.

The court has heard how the girl was tortured after being accused of being a witch.

The girl, whose parents died in Angola, was brought to Britain by the 39-year-old woman. DNA tests later showed her to be her maternal aunt.




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