Tuesday 22 October 2019

Ritual killing accused found hanged

Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete was found dead in a house in Cuzco, Peru (AP)
Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete was found dead in a house in Cuzco, Peru (AP)

The body of a Chilean man accused in the ritual killing of a three-day-old boy has been found hanged in an abandoned house in Peru.

Ramon Castillo, 36, was found hanging from a beam on the second floor of the house in the highlands city of Cuzco.

He was wearing jeans, a gray jacket, a cap, shoes and a backpack, General Javier Avalos, the regional police chief, said.

He said the body was identified through fingerprints that Chile sent via Interpol. He said it was too early to say whether Castillo's death was suicide.

Police in neighbouring Chile had been seeking Castillo and two other members of the sect that he led for their alleged participation in the baby's killing.

It happened on a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on November 23.

The child's mother was arrested last week along with three other members of the sect. She allegedly approved the sacrifice.

Chilean police have said the baby was thrown onto a bonfire because Castillo and his followers believed the child was the antichrist.

Authorities said the 12-member sect was formed in 2005 and counted among its members professionals with university degrees.

Police said the group's rituals included using ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant that grows in Amazon forests.

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