Satanic trial continues

By Drum Digital
02 May 2013

The trial of three men and a girl accused of killing teenager Kirsty Theologo by setting her alight in an apparent satanic ritual was expected to continue in the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the court heard that the ritual was badly planned.

Lester Moody, who has admitted to his role in the killing, said the group failed to discuss in detail what each individual would do during the ritual.

Having Theologo, the intended murder victim, at the meeting was another blunder.

He and Jeremy King have pleaded guilty to the crime and were sentenced to 17 years in jail, five of them suspended, under a plea bargain with the State.

The other four -- Harvey Isha, Robin Harwood, Lindon Wagner, and Courtney Daniels -- have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, and assault to cause grievous bodily harm.

Theologo and her friend were tied up, doused with petrol, and set alight on a hill behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in southern Johannesburg on October 21, 2011.

Theologo later died in hospital. Her friend survived.

-Sapa

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