A mother serving life for murdering her baby son will sue prison bosses for refusing her a native American drum so she can talk to the dead. Chah Oh-Niyol Kai Whitewind says wardens at Low Newton prison, in Durham, are violating her human rights because they will not allow her to keep potions, spell books and a peace pipe in her cell.
The Birmingham mother-of-three was jailed for life in 2003 for suffocating her 12-week-old son, Bidziil, because he would not breast-feed.
"This prison, like many others, has an unwritten policy of pagan persecution. I have been refused and denied possession of religious items. I have faced hostility and disregard over my religious practices and festivals, and I have encountered bullying from inmates and staff due to my faith. I am not abusive to staff or inmates. So why should there be so many difficulties facing me ? Either some members of staff see me as a threat because of my perceived intelligence, or they see me as a threat because they do not understand the way I choose to live my life."
Or they see you as a baby-killing lunatic. Don't forget that option.
A Prison Service spokesman said: "There are certain religious artefacts pagan prisoners may be allowed in their cells, but each is subject to risk assessment. These artefacts include items such as a hoodless robe, a flexible twig and rune stones. These can only be used in their cell or during communal worship -they cannot be worn or used in any other areas of the prison."
Hmmm. Obviously not the only lunatic in the prison.
(Chah Oh-Niyol Kai Whitewind should ponder the fate of Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith, daughter of the occultist Aleister Crowley. When Nuit died in infancy an acquaintance commented that she'd died of "acute nomenclature.")