"Patel told her victim as she was hitting her that she was obeying Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. According to the woman, Patel kept a shrine to the deity and would regularly pray in front of it."
Blimey. They'll be bringing back the Thugs next.
As the Londonist points out, this could set a whole new precedent for defence pleas in English courts :
"I didn't want to hit him, guv. It was Thor the Norse God of thunder what made me do it. He hangs round Elephant & Castle with that Loki chap... sells watches out of a suitcase. Tall bloke with a hammer. Bad bunch that Asgard lot..."