Voodoo worshipper, 33, who claims he was under a spell and ‘hearing voices’ when he mistook his fiancee for the devil before stabbing her in the head and neck three times is jailed for 12 and a half years
- Andrew Hunye, 33, stabbed his fiance three times in the head and neck
- Tessie Adeyemi suffers from facial paralysis, Wood Green Crown Court heard
- Hunye had been smoking weed at their flat in east London before the attack
- He was found guilty of attempted murder and jailed for 12 and a half years
A ‘devoted Christian’ who claimed he was under a voodoo spell when he stabbed his fiancee three times before dancing naked in a communal hallway has been jailed.
Andrew Hunye, 33, was naked, lying on the floor and ‘speaking in tongues’ before he plunged a knife into Tessie Adeyemi’s head at their home in east London.
Ms Adeyemi, who is in her 30s, almost died and still suffers from facial paralysis after the attack on November 4, 2018, Wood Green Crown Court heard.
Andrew Hunye (left), 33, was naked, lying on the floor and ‘speaking in tongues’ before he plunged a knife into Tessie Adeyemi’s (right) head at their home in east London
Hunye had been smoking skunk weed at the couple’s home in Chadwell Heath when the victim heard him shouting at himself in the kitchen.
When she went in to check on him Hunye stood up, pointed at the ceiling, gestured at her and said: ‘I am God and you are the devil.’
He then grabbed a knife from another room before stabbing her three times in the neck and the back of her head.
Going out on to the communal landing he did a dance of celebration before returning to their flat for a shower while Ms Adeyemi fled.
The pair, who had booked tickets to Nigeria and Dubai to celebrate their wedding, are both religious and believe the knife attack was caused by a voodoo spell (file image)
She was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but stood by her fiancee throughout his trial and told the court they still had a good relationship.
The pair, who had booked tickets to Nigeria and Dubai to celebrate their wedding, are both religious and believe the knife attack was caused by a voodoo spell.
Hunye said in evidence: ‘I was not in a right state of mind, I had lost my mind, I was hearing voices.’
Psychiatrists told the court Hunye was not suffering from mental illness.
Judge David Aaronberg told him: ‘You and Ms Adeyemi have strong religious beliefs.
‘You are both devoted Christians, you also both have traditional Nigerian beliefs regarding Voodoo or Juju.’
Ms Adeyemi, who is in her 30s, almost died and still suffers from facial paralysis after the attack on November 4, 2018, Wood Green Crown Court (pictured) heard
But the judge added: ‘English law does not recognise the concept of possession by an evil spirit’, he said.
He said that instead the attack resulted from’ a combination of the beliefs and the consumption of skunk cannabis.’
He added: ‘If the defendant believed in it it might have impacted how he acted that day.’
Hunye, of Chadwell Heath, denied but was convicted of attempted murder and was jailed for 12 years and 6 months.