Teen is ‘able to follow axe trial’

2013-05-30 00:00

THE 14-year-old boy accused of killing three family members with an axe has been found able to follow his trial and to grasp the wrongfulness of the crimes he is accused of.

A magistrate in Daveyton made the ruling yesterday during an in-camera hearing attended by a psychologist, a social worker, the investigating officer and a guardian appointed for the boy.

The case was postponed to June 12.

The boy allegedly killed his mother, brother (seven) and sister (three months) in the early hours of Friday morning. His grandmother was wounded, but survived. He allegedly told neighbours who tracked him down that the killings were a ritual to gain admission to a satanic church.

The police have asked an expert in the occult to help them investigate, and the teen’s books and other possessions are being studied. Locals said the books had occult symbols like the number 666 and seven-pointed stars drawn on them.

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