|Papuans butcher Lutheran rape convict pastor who sexually abused and killed girls
An infamous Papua New Guinea cult leader and convicted rapist known as “Black Jesus'' was castrated by an angry mob after being hacked to death for killing young girls as sacrifices, reports said on Monday.
Steven Tari who is suspected of cannibalism, was killed in a remote PNG village last week, media reports said.
The National newspaper said Tari was hunted down by 80 men.
It said he was killed, castrated and then dragged with a cane tied around his neck to a shallow pit where his body was dumped, AFP reports.
The corpse was dug up by police, prison and health workers on Friday. Juith Gawi, a doctor at Modilion Hospital, said he had multiple knife wounds.
“He was chopped and slashed with bush knives on both arms and legs, chest and stomach which revealed his intestines. He was also castrated,'' Gawi said.
Tari, a failed Lutheran pastor who was widely known as Black Jesus, was found guilty in 2010 of raping girls who belonged to his Christian-based sect and sentenced to up to 10 years.
At the time, he had thousands of village followers, including a core of armed warriors to protect him, in what is commonly referred to in PNG as a “cargo cult.’’
As part of his “culture ministry,’’ he preached that young girls were to be ''married'' to him as it was God's prophecy.
The National said villagers were fed up with cult beliefs and practices, which included “the killing of young girls as sacrifices.’’
Local police official Ray Ban said Tari and his followers offered Rose Wagum, 15, last week as a “sacrifice.’’ She was found with stab wounds and reportedly died of blood loss.
The group also tried to offer another 14-year-old girl but were stopped by the mob which eventually killed Tari.
When he was captured in 2007, there were widespread allegations that Tari's cult also practised cannibalism along with sacrificial blood rituals, but police only charged him with rape.