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North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Murder a Woman He Thought Was a Witch

North Dakota man Akmal Azizov pleaded responsible to tried homicide October 7 after attacking a lady he believed to be a witch.

The Bismarck Tribune reviews Azizov had stalked the girl for 3 weeks as a result of he “needed to slay her.” Azizov allegedly believed that the girl was “the cause of all the stress and negativity in his life” as a result of she had cursed him.

Court paperwork on the pretrial in 2018 alleged a pre-existing relationship between Azizov and the girl, however that she had discontinued the connection after Azizov instructed her about his “disturbing dreams.”

Azizov allegedly started following the girl, a pupil on the University of North Dakota, and studying her schedule. He reportedly shattered the again window of her automobile. When the girl got here outdoors her residence, Azizov attacked her.

According to Grand Forks Herald, Azizov used an vintage knife with a silver blade. Court paperwork alleged Azizov had performed on-line searches for directions on learn how to destroy witches and demons. He allegedly believed that utilizing a silver weapon was the one technique to kill a witch.

At the time, Azizov’s lawyer claimed the knife was not sharp sufficient to trigger hurt. The sufferer obtained a number of wounds, however none of them had been severe sufficient to require hospitalization.

North Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Murder a Woman He Thought Was a Witch
Believing she was a witch, Akmal Azizov allegedly tried to kill a lady final September. Getty

KFOR reported that when Azizov was arrested, he instructed officers that if he had been bonded out, he would make one other try to kill the girl. Theodore Sandberg, Azizov’s lawyer, claims his consumer suffers from schizophrenia. Azizov was allowed to obtain psychological well being therapy at a behavioral well being middle, however left the therapy program voluntarily to return to jail.

Azizov’s sentencing is scheduled for November 12. Along with the tried homicide cost, Azizov pleaded responsible to stalking and prison mischief. He will spend at the very least 4 years in jail for the tried homicide cost.

Azizov is just not a naturalized citizen and will face deportation to Uzbekistan when he’s launched.

While it has not been established if Azizov’s sufferer was truly a witch, the looking of alleged purveyors of witchcraft continues to be well-liked and profitable and world wide.

The Economist reported in 2017 about roughly 150 ladies die every year for being a witch. If the mobs, often comprised of a sufferer’s neighbors and family, do not kill their supposed goal, then the alleged witches are ostracized or banished.

Often, individuals won’t marry right into a household the place somebody has been branded as a witch. This causes rifts inside the households. But it typically seems {that a} shut relative is the one who instigated the witch hunt in an try to achieve land owned by the alleged witch.

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