Five South Koreans went on trial in Germany accused of beating to death a 41-year-old female relative as part of an exorcist ritual in a Frankfurt hotel room last year.
The accused, who face charges of joint murder, are a 45-year-old
woman cousin of the victim and the cousin's 22-year-old son and
19-year-old daughter, as well as two 16-year-old boys, one of whom is
the victim's son.
"They are accused of together cruelly killing the woman on December 5
in a Frankfurt hotel room, in a so-called exorcism," said senior
prosecutor Nadja Niesen.
Prosecutors allege the five South Koreans used extreme violence on the victim's neck and chest to "cast out the devils".
Last year, Neisen said she had "never seen anything like it", the Guardian reported.
The South Koreans are accused of kneeing the
victim in the chest and taking turns to hold and pin her to the ground.
To stop her from screaming, they allegedly stuffed a towel in her mouth
multiple times, as well as a clothes hanger with clothing.
The victim underwent several hours of pain and torture and finally
died by suffocation due to massive pressure on her throat and chest,
The family are reportedly Christian with shamanistic influences, according to German media.