PNG's 'Black Jesus' castrated after cult sacrifices: report
AFPSYDNEY -- An infamous Papua New Guinea cult leader known as “Black Jesus” was castrated by an angry mob after being hacked to death for killing young girls as sacrifices, reports said Monday.
September 3, 2013, 4:47 pm TWN
Steven Tari, a convicted rapist who was suspected of cannibalism, was killed in a remote PNG village last week, with gory details of his death emerging.
The National newspaper said he was hunted down by 80 men, killed, castrated and then dragged with a cane tied around his neck to a shallow pit where his body was dumped.
Tari had been on the run since escaping from a prison in Madang in the Pacific nation's east during a mass break-out with 48 others in March.
His 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 where he was hiding became fed up with cult beliefs and practices, which included “the killing of young girls as sacrifices.”