KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Police are questioning a pastor and two other family members who allegedly poured hot water on a man as part of a “spiritual warfare”.
Cuthbert 'Mafia' Victory, a 37-year-old mason, suffered burns to his back, shoulders, chest and face. He said he had been told by doctors that he suffered first-degree burns and that the water that was poured on him was mixed with oil.
Pastor Nigel Morgan and his wife, Althea, are reported to have held down Victory while their daughter poured the boiling water on his back earlier this week.
A video of the incident has been posted on the social network, Facebook, showing that it took place in a drain along the public road in Hopewell, Mesopotamia, near the home of the pastor.
Morgan conducts a children's Christian ministry on the ground floor of his house and was a featured act at the launch of the National Gospel Fest at Victoria Park on April 3.
“No comments please. This is a spiritual warfare,” Morgan told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) outside his home.
“No comments. There is nothing about that video. You all have to put up the whole thing,” said the pastor, adding “play the whole video, where we were praying for him and we were blessing him and he was cursing bad word in that house and smoking marijuana and I was praying for him.”
His wife told CMC there are four parts to the video and that she had been assaulted by Victory.
“There is one, two, three, four parts,” Mrs Morgan said, as the pastor insisted “this is spiritual warfare.
“We are praying. I am praying. All my prayer warriors are praying,” Morgan said.
“God has the final say and God is in control,” he further said, as his wife added, “It is before the court.”
Asked if someone had been charged, Morgan said, “Charged for what? You said you spoke to the guy… He is doing all the talking. This is a spiritual warfare. It is in the hands of God and he will fight and he will deliver.”
Victory, a father of two, told CMC that the issue began last Saturday when he went to visit a friend who lives near the Morgan's home.