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By the time consultant psychiatrist Dr Alan Sanderson began treating Peter for ‘demonic possession' his life had already fallen apart.
Peter Johnson, a 50-year-old career civil servant, had once been a model citizen. He lived a quiet middle-class life in South East England. He worked hard, loved gardening and adored his wife Joan. There was nothing unusual in his life in any way.
But then came Askinra - a ‘demon' that ate into his soul and took over his life.
"It was as if I had an alien presence living inside my body," says Peter. "When it was fully active it penetrated and permeated my entire body, including my brain."
Peter first became aware of Askinra's presence during his dreams. A dark forbidding entity would enter his body and seize control. At first, Peter ignored the recurring nightmares but eventually they began spilling over into his daily life.
. "If you use a Ouiji board, or ask spirits to come through to our side, then one just might attach to you."
Many would regard exorcism as a relict of the middle ages with no relevance to the 21st century. Surely demonic possession has no basis in fact and is merely confined to the fevered imaginations of halfwits and fools? Well, strange as it may seem, exorcism is gaining increasing medical credibility and remains part of the religious mainstream.