Friday 9 December 2016

Five on trial over woman's 'exorcism' death in Germany

Published 10/10/2016 | 11:13

A 16-year-old South Korean covers his face in a court in Frankfurt, Germany,. He is accused of murder following the death a 41-year-old woman in an apparent exorcism ritual in a room in a Frankfurt hotel. At right his lawyer Thorsten Fuchs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A 16-year-old South Korean covers his face in a court in Frankfurt, Germany,. He is accused of murder following the death a 41-year-old woman in an apparent exorcism ritual in a room in a Frankfurt hotel. At right his lawyer Thorsten Fuchs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

FIVE South Koreans are on trial in Germany over the alleged murder of a relative during an exorcism ritual.

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The defendants at Frankfurt state court are aged between 16 and 44, and include the son of the 41-year-old woman who died.

Police discovered the woman's body in a Frankfurt hotel room last December after the suspects called a priest when it became apparent she had died.

Prosecutors claim the defendants wanted to expel a "demon" they believed had possessed the woman, and that she died of asphyxiation as a result of "massive chest compression and violence to her neck".

The trial is scheduled to last until mid-January.

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