Mother, 20, Accused of Being a ‘Witch’ and ‘Killing a Boy with Sorcery’ Tortured and Burned Alive on Pile of Tyres

Richard Shears, Daily Mail (London), February 7, 2013

A young mother was tossed screaming on to a pyre of tyres and burned alive after being accused of killing a neighbour’s six-year-old son with sorcery.

Kepari Leniata, 20, ‘confessed’ after she was dragged from her hut, stripped naked and tortured with white-hot iron rods.

She was then dragged to a local rubbish dump, doused in petrol and, with hands and feet bound, thrown on a fire of burning tyres. As the mother-of-two screamed in agony, more petrol-soaked tyres were thrown on top of her.

The horrendous scene took place in in the village of Paiala, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea where many believe that witchcraft exists and sorcery is used to kill enemies.

The head bishop of a Lutheran Church located in the district today condemned the killing.

‘Sorcery and sorcery-related killings are growing and the government needs to come up with a law to stop such practice,’ David Piso told The National newspaper.

‘Many innocent and helpless people have been killed and tortured after being accused of witchcraft, but taking a life is against the teachings of the Bible and the laws of the country,’ he said.

The tragedy unfolded after Miss Leniata’s young neighbour fell sick on Tuesday morning. He complained of pains in the stomach and chest and was taken to Mt Hagen hospital where he died a few hours later.

Relatives of the boy were suspicious that witchcraft was involved in the death and learned that two women had gone into hiding in the jungle.

After they were tracked down, the pair admitted they practised sorcery but had nothing to do with the boy’s death. Miss Leniata, they said, was the person responsible.

The boy’s family went to her hut at 7am on Wednesday, stripped her and dragged her away to torture and death.

Pictures of the horrific scene were soon circulating online. The Post Courier newspaper said the torture and brutal murder of a mother of two ‘provided a photo opportunity for many of the onlookers, including school children, who crowded around and took photos of the woman being consumed alive by the fire.’

Police who rushed to the area were turned back by the angry crowd, but were able to drive away with one of the other women while the second has fled.

Papua New Guinean police have launched a murder investigation and are reportedly preparing charges against those responsible.

A firetruck which had been called to the scene was chased away by the crowd.

Authorities and international diplomats have spoken out against the torching of the young mother, leaves behind two children, the youngest an eight-month-old girl.

The country’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has sworn to bring the killers to justice, as he addressed the matter in a statement today.

‘No one commits such a despicable act in the society that all of us, including Kepari, belong to,’ he said.

‘Barbaric killings connected with alleged sorcery. Violence against women because of this belief that sorcery kills. These are becoming all too common in certain parts of the country.

‘It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with.’

The U.S. embassy on the Papua New Guinea issued a statement condemning the “’brutal murder’ calling it evidence of ‘pervasive gender-based violence’.

’We add our voice to those of Papua New Guinean religious and civil society leaders who have spoken out against the brutality inflicted upon Ms Leniata,’ the embassy said.

‘There is no possible justification for this sort of violence. We hope that appropriate resources are devoted to identifying, prosecuting, and punishing those responsible for Ms Leniata’s murder.’



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  • GM (Australia)

    Over the past 50 years both my wife and myself have had a limited involvement with Christian Mission work in both PNG and Outback Australia. Whatever one may think of “Mission” work possibly one of it’s great success stories was to eliminate the absolute fear, superstition and darkness that ruled the daily existence of both Aboriginals and the indigenous people of PNG. However, for the past generation the consensus of opinion is that we should not be imposing white mans religion on these people. This incident is the inevitable result of these people returning back to their dark past.

    • IstvanIN

      It isn’t our responsibility to tame these savages any more than we need to tame wild lions and tigers. They have their culture, the society and their ecological niche. If we minded our own business perhaps they would have, eventually, evolved on their own. Certainly they wouldn’t have tires and gasoline to burn people with.

      • dukem1

        Sheesh! How is this even news?
        Dat’s how they roll in PNG!

    • FSR

      Christianity just screws these people up worse. See the story of “Black Jesus” from PNG as a great example.

      • StillModerated

        This is such an old story I’d almost forgotten about it due to the tsunami of global TNB over the past 3 years. But just because you believe this fellow is a “Black Jesus” does not make it so. Tari will no doubt be taking a down escalator to perdition.

    • Triarius

      Will you please elaborate a little more and tell us sme of these superstitions? In the states we hear so little about aboriginals. I’ve never even see one in person. Any other Aussie or Kiwi, feel free to share.

      • GM (Australia)

        A well known example is “pointing the bone”. If a bone is pointed at an Aboriginal, that is a curse and they usually die of fear.

        The rights and wrongs of white settlement and attempts to assimilate Aboriginals is a long complex and mainly very unhappy saga, well out of the scope of this reply. Many full-blooded Aboriginals still live in very primitive conditions, mainly in the outback. Their whole situation is probably very similar to the “Bushman” tribes in South West Africa.

  • Criminy. Did you have to show that photo?
    Guess what, folks. If you don’t protect your country, this is what it will become like.

    • Sloppo

      It looks like it would be a very nice place if you just take away the trash, the fire, and the savages.

    • Yorkshireman.

      It’s just a pile of burning rubbish. No accreditation, no date, no location. Burning trash surrounded by bored blacks. I see no cameras in this mob. This is an archive picture.

  • ArmenianWN

    If anything is witchcraft, it is the way Liberals fool good-hearted whites into believing their lies that “all races are morally the same”.

  • Mark

    Blacks seem to have false perception of society their insolence and savagery is unrivaled by any other race on earth.

  • NYB

    This place has very high rates of HIV and gang violence, as well as rampant crime. A travel advisory warns, “Tensions between communal or clan groups may lead to localized conflicts involving bush knives, machetes, or firearms”.

    White Australian civilization hasn’t rubbed off on its neighbor, primitive Papua New Guinea.

    • NYB

      More travel advice for PNG: “Crowds can react emotionally and violently after road accidents. Crowds form quickly after an accident and may attack those whom they hold responsible by stoning and/or burning vehicles.
      “Friends and relatives of an injured party may demand immediate compensation from the party they hold responsible for injuries, regardless of legal responsibility. People involved in accidents should go directly to the nearest police station instead of stopping at the scene of the accident.”

      • ilovemyrace

        Wrong! In many cases the police are from the local clan, and will simply turn you over to the angry mob, who will kill you. Best is to get to the nearest big city and get a flight out of the country. Just get out as fast as you can. Do not stop to help or see if anyone is hurt.

      • Luis

        That happens in any Bantu neighborhood in the world. Hardly unique to Papua New Guinea.

    • GM (Australia)

      Australia was forced (by the UN) to grant independence and self rule to PNG back in 1975, Since then PNG has gone downhill all the way. Other posts which mention how dangerous it is there are quite correct. Whites who still work in PNG basically have to live in a secure compound. (It’s mineral wealth keeps the economy going)

  • The__Bobster

    The head bishop of a Lutheran Church located in the district today condemned the killing.

    You just know that this idiot is trying to find a way to export these savages to America.

    • I feel sorry for some unnamed nice white peaceful town in Minnesota that’s about to become more vibrant. I hope that particular Lutheran bishop isn’t Missouri Synod.

    • Yorkshireman.

      Meanwhile, in Swaziland, where King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in Africa rules his impoverished country and depends on western shipments of free medicine, some starvnig women have taken to eating fresh cow manure before taking their AIDS shots as the clinics tell them they must have full stomachs before treatment. Blacks everywhere must be so proud of their African culture. I bet American AA’s have never heard of Swaziland and certainly couldn’t locate it on a world atlas. First find Africa!

      • PesachPatriot

        Many of america’s aspiring rappers and athletes don’t even know the capital of the state they live…They probably think Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Liberia are stripper names.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      The Bobster knows what is going on.

      We must save those poor souls by destroying the white race.

    • Luis

      That was my first reaction.

  • Robert Marchenoir

    Notice the attempt to shift the blame by applying cookie-cutter PC-speak to the case :

    “The U.S. embassy on the Papua New Guinea issued a statement condemning the “’brutal murder’ calling it evidence of ‘pervasive gender-based violence’.”

    Obviously, white, redneck macho types, toting guns and clinging to Bibles, are at fault there, for offending the delicate sensitivities of some LGBT damsel.

  • Barrack Osama

    People accuse me of witchcraft all the time. Only difference is they use the word “racist” over here.

  • MarcusTrajanus

    Stone age, cannibal savages behave like stone age, cannibal savages. I’m shocked. But they used tyres and petrol, so I guess Western civilization hasn’t been completely wasted on them.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      They were simply using them as starter fluid for their barbecue

  • NeanderthalDNA

    In New Guinea? What’s the big deal? This is something new?

    New Guinea is just Africa in the Pacific. All the wisdom of Hinton Helper’s “Of the Negros in Negroland” apply there as well.

    Because they’re negros.

  • matt turner

    I’m of course disgusted at the details of this story. But I couldn’t get past the part where the story says this provided a “photo oppertunity for many” with out a chuckle. Really? Photo op?
    They Have Cell Phones!
    These animals have cell phones and cameras’! All they need is just a few more of the benifits of european civilisation and they’ll be just like you and me in no time flat.

    This is a backwards and dispicable culture. Cell phones or no.

  • FSR

    I went there, it is as bad as they say and probably worse.

    • StillModerated

      gadling dot com has included PNG’s capital Port Moresby in its top 10 most dangerous cities in both 2011 and 2012.

  • bigone4u

    Another inspiring story of the vibrant, happy go lucky, brotherhood of man cultures found in third world countries that the USA press will totally ignore.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    “‘Sorcery and sorcery-related killings are growing and the government
    needs to come up with a law to stop such practice,’ David Piso told The
    National newspaper.”

    Who are we to assume that our culture’s forbidding such savagery is superior to the aboriginals’ wise folkways? It’s almost unthinkable that any civilized country would import crazed killers like this into their midst. Note: ALMOST…

    • dukem1

      Yeah..We oughtta stop with the cultural imperialism. Leave ’em to their own devices..
      It’s all good.

  • Garrett Brown

    This stuff happens all the time over there. Hundreds of videos online showing these baboons murdering their own.

  • Xanthippe2

    So watch the leftie White Wiccans blame this on anti-witch feelings instead of race and fret about it happening in Seattle.

    • PesachPatriot

      Wow…this is is pretty insane…burning witches in the 21st century….than again many foreigners probably view america’s mass shootings of school kids, celebrity worship and bread and circuses as pretty insane as well. PNG has been pretty bad even by third world standards for a while now I think…

      I don’t think any wiccans in Seattle will be too concerned about any left coast witch burnings….every civilization and ethnicity on this planet had strange beliefs about witches and evil spirits in the distant past…the more advanced groups realized at least 200 years ago that no one has magic powers and burning people for private religious beliefs(even odd ones)is morally wrong in most circumstances…

  • According to Jared Diamond, those people are intellectually superior to us. He wrote this in “Guns, Germs and Steel.”

    • PesachPatriot

      I read guns, germs and steel a while ago when it first came out…it was a pretty interesting read, but what I think mr. diamond means when calling the PNG residents our intellectual superiors is that their primitive lifestyles will be easy to continue when civilization collapses….the west(Europe, Canada, America, Australia) will be thrown into chaos without facebook, twitter, microwaves, cars, planes and all the other technological advances of the last 100 years or so. In this way they may actually be smarter because even though they burn witches like idiots, they retain many useful, pre-civilization survival skills.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        And what do you burn apart from witches?

        MORE WITCHES!!!

  • a multiracial individual

    Most kind social ideals that liberals hold dear are uniquely Western.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “Kepari Leniata, 20, ‘confessed’ after she was dragged from her hut, stripped naked and tortured with white-hot iron rods.”

    They must have learned how to extract confessions from the FBI or G.W. at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Robb

    When I first heard this story on the news, I thought some ivy league lib was probably thinking “see! they’re just like us! they’re only 400 years behind is all”