An infamous cult leader known as “Black Jesus” has been hacked to death by villagers in Papua New Guinea, say police.
The leader, whose real name was Steven Tari, was killed in a village outside the town of Madang on Thursday, according to local media reports.
He was convicted of rape in 2010, but had escaped from prison earlier this year. He was serving a lengthy sentence for raping girls and young women who were members of his Christian-based sect.
According to AFP reports, he has also been accused of cannibalism, but was only tried for rape.
He preached that it was God’s prophecy for young girls to be “married” to him. He had dozens of sex slaves he referred to as his “flower girls”.
Tari formerly attended a theological college to become a Lutheran pastor, but disappeared after disputing the Bible’s teachings.
Claiming to be the “true Christ”, he promised his followers wealth and redemption. His sect once had thousands of followers in the villages.
Just before his killing, Tari and a disciple were attacking a woman who had been tricked into joining his cult. Villagers then surrounded them, attacked, and chopped them to death.
District administrator Lawrence Pitor told the media, “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword,” and added, “(Tari) brought his own demise by the evil he dwelled in.”
Violent crime is commonplace in Papua New Guinea, and the government voted to reinstate the death penalty earlier this year. Image/Google Images