Occult specialist to testify in ‘demon’ family murder trial

2015-01-27 06:38

An occult crime specialist and a psychologist are expected to give evidence on today in the trial of a teenager who admitted to hacking four of his family members to death with an axe, but claimed he was possessed by a demon at the time.

The trial was postponed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday to allow Kobus Jonker, an occult expert and sociologist, to consult the accused and study the defence’s expert reports before he could give an informed opinion.

Lana Augustyn, for the 16-year-old boy, said she would seek a postponement for a psychological report.

Such a report would help the court decide on a sentence for the boy, who was 14 when he committed the crimes, she said.

In August last year the teenager pleaded guilty in the high court sitting in Delmas to four murders. He admitted attacking his mother (42), grandmother (58), five-year-old brother and four-month-old sister with an axe. His grandmother survived the initial attack, but died later in hospital.

The murders happened on May 23 2013.

The boy is incarcerated in a place of safety.

According to his plea explanation he and a friend had researched Satanism on the internet out of curiosity some time before the murders.

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