An exorcist has recalled the fear he felt when a 6ft 5in man he claimed was “possessed by a demon” locked him inside his home.
Paul Andrew Devlin exclusively told Daily Star Online that the case was his most dangerous and terrifying of his career.
“When I went in the house, the first thing he did was lock the front door,” he explained.
“And he was a big guy, he wasn’t a small guy, he was about 6ft 5in and well built and I knew if he wanted to he could have torn me apart.”
At this point, Paul said he feared for his life but could not give anything away.
He recalled: “My own concern was that I just wanted to calmly get safe.
“Because normally you get in this situation and what will happen is they give away little tell-tale signs of possession like they might sweat a lot, or have bright blue eyes or jet black eyes.”
But on this occasion, when the man locked the door “I knew I had no other way out”, said Paul.
The exorcist said: “He started telling me how this thing was affecting his life and it became very serious very quickly and I just wanted to get out the house but I needed to do it a constructive way.”
Fortunately, Paul said the demon-possessed man had not “cottoned on” that he wanted to leave and eventually decided to visit the church, where he was the key-holder, to see if it would help.
“When he unlocked the door, I think it was the biggest relief I have ever experienced,” Paul said.
Sadly, on this occasion, Paul said that he was unable to rid the man of the demon said to be possessing him.
The exorcist said: “He was too far gone, you can’t help everybody and basically what happened, in the end, was I couldn’t do anything to help him.
“It was the one time that I couldn’t do anything to help.
“I went back to my Grand Master who told me ‘sometimes they’re too far gone.’”
The exorcist has previously described how one victim physically changed while her body was host to a demon and claimed she had “black eyes” and “pointed teeth”.
He also told this title he is worried that mental health issues brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown could lead to a spike in demonic possessions.