A Jamaican cult leader whose followers killed two people in a ‘human sacrifice’ ritual has died in a police car crash whereas being taken to court to be charged.
Kevin Smith, 39, was killed alongside a police officer when the car taking him from Montego Bay to Kingston crashed on Monday.
Smith was arrested final week over an alleged human sacrifice ritual which left two people lifeless and three extra injured and was ready to be formally charged.
The cult leader allegedly oversaw congregants slash the throat of a lady, kill one other individual, and stab no less than three extra as a part of the ritual at Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries on October 17.
It was not instantly clear what brought on the crash however footage confirmed an apparently lifeless Smith being stretchered away from the scene.
Two police officers concerned in the crash have been left in a crucial situation whereas Smith and a 3rd cop have been killed.
Jamaican cult leader Kevin Smith, 39, whose followers killed two people in a ‘human sacrifice’ ritual has died in a police car crash whereas being taken to court to be charged
Smith was on his way to court in Kingston the place he was set to be formally charged over the deaths of two people throughout an alleged human sacrifice ritual throughout a three-day conference on October 17.
The preacher had instructed the congregation there can be a ‘nice flood’ and requested his followers to collect on the church and go away their telephones wrapped in tin foil at house.
At the church the attendees dressed in white robes, have been allegedly instructed to participate in a bloodletting ritual which concerned people getting ‘stabbed’ and ‘slashed’, witnesses instructed native media.
‘I used to be exterior ready to go in… once I noticed the woman’s throat being slashed,’ a lady who didn’t need to be named instructed the Jamaica Observer.
‘It was very intense. When I noticed blood and the younger girl fell, I mentioned ‘This is it for me,’ and I walked away; I couldn’t keep, I could not.’
Witnesses mentioned it was ‘regular’ for the cult leader to inform congregants to go away their telephones at house however no less than one follower managed to smuggle their gadget into the church and used it to telephone for assist.
Police attended the scene and stormed the constructing, killing one individual in an alternate of gunfire and taking 41 members of the congregation into custody.
An additional three people have been injured in the course of the ritual and have been taken to hospital.
Smith died in a car crash (pictured after the crash) whereas on his way to court in Kingston the place he was set to be formally charged over the deaths of three people throughout an alleged human sacrifice ritual throughout a three-day conference on October 17
The sufferer who had her throat slashed was named domestically as Tanecka Gardner, although this was not confirmed by police.
A supply shut to the investigation instructed The Sun: ‘Then a person was ordered to strip bare and died in the identical way to get the ‘impure’ blood out of his physique.
‘The ritual was mentioned to have been overseen by Smith and an off-duty policewoman, who was a follower.’
Officers mentioned there have been extra victims, together with bare males and animals, have been lined up for the ritual once they arrived.
At least 14 minors have been discovered on the scene and brought into custody. There have been later allegations of abuse towards the boys, police mentioned.
The supply added: ‘There is big concern that influential people – together with different native police officers – have been concerned and that this will have occurred earlier than and gone unreported.
‘The total congregation had been referred to as to the church and round 50 had arrived carrying white when the killing began. Scores might have died.
‘They had completed two days of fasting on Friday and Saturday and the ritual started on Sunday, with people lining up to board “the Ark” after Smith warned a terrific flood was coming.
‘Three extra people are in hospital, one in a life-threatening situation, and extra have been stabbed.’
Smith was arrested final week and was being taken to court to be formally charged over an alleged human sacrifice ritual at his church (pictured) which left two people lifeless
Before the ritual started on Sunday, Smith posted on Facebook: ‘The Ark is loading now! Leave instantly dressed in white.
‘I’m His Excellency Dr Kevin O Smith D.Min, Crown Bishop and End Time Nabi . . . Conqueror Lion of the Tribe of the Judah King of Kings and Lord of Lord Yesus Christos, the One True and residing God.’
He additionally instructed followers he was main them on a ‘Noah’s Ark’ journey to salvation and that there can be ‘no survivors’ from the ‘Roman Catholic sacrifice’.
Local media reported Smith swindled his congregation out of up to £7,000 every week which he then used to fund his lavish life-style – together with designer garments and jewelry, a £5000,000 hillside mansion with a personal swimming pool, and a brand new BMW X6.
And his followers raised greater than £22,000 to cover his authorized charges after his arrest final week.