Paedophile: ‘an evil spirit made me do it’
Matthew Durham, 20, above, who is facing 17 charges of raping and sexually abusing children as young as six when he was performing Christian missionary work at the Upendo Children’s Home in Kenya, told a US federal court this week that he was innocent but believed he was possessed by an ‘evil spirit’ that made him do things he does not remember.
According to this report, if convicted, Durham faces up to life in prison.
He blames a spirit named “Luke” for the crimes.
I have no recollection of molesting those children, but they told me I did, so it must have been an evil spirit. I wasn’t in a good place.
Several videos taken by an Upendo manager and presented as evidence show Durham being questioned by Upendo founder Eunice Menja, in which he repeatedly states that he does not remember committing the crimes.
He is shown asking for patience while he tried to remember, but then admits to taking children into a bathroom at the orphanage and engaging in acts with them.
Durham told the jury:
I was scared. They made me doubt my own memories.
Durham’s attorney, Stephen Jones, told jurors that the videotape and handwritten confessions were coerced because officials had taken Durham’s passport, held him in isolation and threatened to call Kenyan police if he did not confess.
Prosecutors called suspected victims to the stand who testified in a cleared court room about their sexual abuse at the hands of Durham, court officials said.
The trial continues.