A Jamaican preacher and 41 of his congregants were arrested last week after two people were killed during an alleged “human sacrifice”.
Kevin O. Smith, a self-proclaimed “prophet,” and the church members were arrested for slitting the throats of office worker Tanecka Gardner, 39, and an unidentified man. It happened at Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Albion, Montego Bay.
Police are convinced a major bloodbath was only averted because a woman who was wounded for disobeying orders at the church raised the alarm.
The ceremony is understood to have centred on rabid anti-Covid vaccine campaigner Smith’s bid to stop “bloodline pollution caused by witchcraft” which he claimed caused wicked sex dreams.
The day of the murders, Smith ordered parishioners to dress in white, wrap their phones in tin foil, leave the devices at home and head to the church. He wrote on Facebook: “The Ark is loading now! Leave immediately dressed in white … It is a Roman Catholic sacrifice — it will have no survivors.”
According to the Daily Mirror, after Gardner was killed, a man also had his throat slit in a bid to rid his body of “impure” blood. Three others were hospitalised with life-threatening injuries.
At the scene police found more potential victims, including naked men and animals, who had been lined up to be next, it is reported. Authorities are also looking into child sexual abuse allegations surrounding Smith.