Member of secretive religious cult Gloriavale, 20, ‘tries to take his own life’ before he is rushed to hospital with serious injuries
- A 20-year-old member of religious cult allegedly tried to kill himself on Tuesday
- The man is a member of the Gloriavale Christian Community in New Zealand
- He was airlifted to the Grey Base Hospital with life-threatening injuries
A male member of a secretive religious cult has reportedly attempted to kill himself in an incident that has ‘shocked’ other members.
The 20-year-old man is a member of the Gloriavale Christian Community based at Haupiri on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand.
Emergency services were called to the remote location on Tuesday evening and found a young man with life threatening injuries which are alleged to have been self inflicted.
Sources from inside the cult said the community was left in shock by the alleged incident.
‘I heard that he tried to kill himself, there is no suicide at Gloriavale, I’m pretty sure it hasn’t happened before,’ the source said.
‘It’s taught against – the belief is right against suicide, so to be able to do something like that you would have to be pretty depressed.’
A male member of a secretive religious cult has reportedly attempted to kill himself in an incident that has ‘shocked’ other members (pictured are some Gloriavale members)
He was airlifted to Grey Base Hospital with life threatening injuries, The New Zealand Herald reported.
A spokesman for New Zealand Police said no further investigation was required.
‘Police have completed the necessary inquiries to understand what occurred and there is no ongoing police involvement,’ the spokesman said.
The 20-year-old man was airlifted to Grey Base Hospital in New Zealand with life threatening injuries
Sources from inside the cult also spoke with the Herald and said the community was left in shock by the alleged incident (a promotional shot of a Gloriavale baptisim)
The same source has allegedly urged police to investigate the leadership of the cult to prevent any further incidents of this nature.
‘That’s the questions that need to be put to the leaders in there – what was this guy doing, who was involved, what support was he getting?’ the source said.
The Gloriavale Christian Community was first set up in New Zealand in 1969 and was embroiled in controversy in 1995 when their leader, Neville Cooper was jailed for 11 months for sexual abuse.
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The same source has allegedly urged police to investigate the leadership of the cult to prevent any further incidents of this nature (female members of Gloriavale pictured posing together)