Jail for man who tried to perform forced exorcism

13/02/2017

A man who tried to perform a forced exorcism on a person has been jailed for two years after he was convicted of false imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm.

Abduo Hakakzada, 43, [01/02/1974], forcibly held his victim down in his home in Bromley on 28 October last year, causing injury to their wrists, arms and legs.

The victim was stopped from leaving the room for three hours while another man, who has never been identified, tried to pour liquid from a bottle into their mouth.

Hakakzada was given a two year prison sentence for false imprisonment and a four month prison sentence for causing actual bodily harm, to run concurrently, by Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday, 9 February, after admitting both offences.

CPS London reviewing lawyer Mavis Ramkissoon said: "It was an inescapable fact that Hakakzada's victim did not want to take part in this religious purification process, trying to escape several times but being forcibly restrained.

"Nobody should be imprisoned and subjected to an assault and anyone who has been a victim of this kind of violence in any context should not hesitate in coming forward."