A drunk man reportedly accidentally slit his acquaintance's throat instead of slaughtering a goat during a ritual animal sacrifice in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India on Sunday, Jan. 16.

The accused, Talari Chalapati, who was supposed to carry out the animal sacrifice and cut a goat’s head off, reportedly slashed the throat of his pal Suresh, 25, by mistake while the suspect was in an inebriated state.

The victim was holding up the animal that was supposed to be slaughtered at the time of the gruesome accident. Chalapati was reportedly visibly drunk at the time of the sacrifice, India Today reported.

The bloody killing transpired on Sunday evening as a huge gathering of villagers initiated the "Kondachuttu" (a traditional practice of trekking around a hillock) ritual that often culminates in an animal sacrifice. The ritual reportedly continued till midnight as the locals reached the temple of a village goddess on the outskirts of town to conduct the ritual slaughter.

At the temple, Chalapati, who was reportedly in an inebriated condition, was tasked to sacrifice sheep one after another by slitting their throats. During the animal sacrifice, however, Suresh, kneeled down to hold a goat for the slaughter. In a daze, Chalapati, missed the animal's throat and slashed Suresh in the jugular instead, the Hindu reported.

Suresh, who was left bleeding profusely, was immediately rushed to Madanpelle Government Hospital by his friend and relatives. However, he was subsequently declared dead at the facility.

The Madanapalle Taluq Police subsequently took Chalapati into custody and registered a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against him.

The ritual sacrifice was reportedly organized at a local Yellamma temple where villagers go to slaughter animals every year and offer them during Sankranti celebrations.

Suresh is reportedly survived by his wife and two children.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a British teenager named Danyal Hussein, 19, allegedly stabbed sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, to death in a country park in northwest London in June 2020 as part of a “sacrifice” to a demon named “the mighty king Lucifuge Rofocale” in exchange for a lottery win, Latin Times reported.

After killing them, he dragged their bodies into a woodland some 75 meters away. Their remains were found on top of each other by Smallman's boyfriend 36 hours after they were reported missing to the police.

The authorities reportedly traced the DNA obtained from a knife that was left at the crime scene to Hussein. He was subsequently arrested at a house in Blackheath, south-east London.

After detectives searched his residence, they found the "contract" Hussein made with the demon. Hussein had signed the contract using his own blood, promising to "perform a minimum of six sacrifices every six months" in exchange for a Mega Millions Super Jackpot win. Police also found three lottery tickets that he had bought after the murders.

Hussein, who was convicted of two counts of murder, has been handed two concurrent 35-year jail sentences by Mrs. Justice Whipple at the Old Bailey on Oct. 28, 2021.

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