East Londoners convicted over 'demon' assault

By Rob Virtue on September 27, 2012 4:35 PM |

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A woman was beaten continually for eight hours by relatives after they believed she was possessed by a demon.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, three east Londoners were convicted of the attack on the victim, who police believe was suffering from stress caused by having to care for her husband.

Asma Hussain's partner Ahmed, 60, son Mohammed Kayes, 28, and son-in-law Muhammed Aziz, 21, were found of assault on her at the family home in Bethnal Green in January.

They arranged for an imam to carry out the exorcism.

The victim was then tied to a bed while the imam, who has never been traced, beat her with a walking stick, while the family members urged him on.

A neighbour also saw Ahmed and his son hold the victim down while her son-in-law poured a bottle of water over her face.

Another relative called the police and paramedics, who took the victim was to hospital.

Ahmed of Cassilis Road in the Isle of Dogs, Mohammed Kayes, of Farthing Fields in Wapping, and Aziz of Barnsley Street in Bethnal Green, will be sentenced next month.

Detective Inspector Cliff Jones, from Tower Hamlets police, said: "This was a violent attack on a defenceless woman at the hands of the people she should have been most able to trust.

"It is right and proper that police carried out a full investigation and the courts have today convicted those involved in the incident.

"What happened to this victim was domestic violence.

"Despite extensive enquiries, the Imam concerned has not yet been traced."

Anyone with information on the imam should call the Community Safety Unit at Limehouse on 020 7275 4756 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.