Ritual victim 'paid for petrol'

2013-05-20 17:00
Kirsty Theologo (Picture: Beeld)

Kirsty Theologo (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Teenager Kirsty Theologo paid for the petrol with which she was doused before being set alight in an apparent satanic ritual, the South Gauteng High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

"Lindon [Wagner] gave me money to buy petrol as we got up by the BP garage along the way to the mountain. He got the money from Kirsty... I think he asked her for the money," Harvey Isha told the court.

Isha is on trial with Robin Harwood, Lindon Wagner and Courtney Daniels, for the murder of Theologo, the attempted murder of her 14-year-old friend, and for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They have all pleaded not guilty.

Two other accused, Jeremy King and Lester Moody, confessed to the crime and were each sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment, five of them suspended.

Doused with petrol

Theologo, 18, and the other girl were tied up, doused with petrol, and set alight on a hill in Linmeyer, south of Johannesburg, on 21 October 2011.

Theologo died in hospital, but her friend survived.

"What an irony. She bought her own petrol," Judge Geraldine Borchers said during the proceedings on Monday.

Isha said Wagner gave him a container he had picked up at a rubbish bin, and told him the petrol was for making a bush fire on the hill.

He, the other accused and Theologo's friend had smoked dagga at Wagner's flat while waiting for Theologo to arrive.

They had also bought vodka from a nearby liquor store.

"When Kirsty arrived she asked for the weed [dagga] as well. She then left with Jeremy to buy herself some zol [dagga]," said Isha.

Going up the hill

When Borchers asked him what the plan was for the night, Isha said he had believed they would sit and drink the vodka. They then left the flat.

"At that point, I didn't know where were going."

The group walked towards the hill, he said.

"When we reached the mountain, we started looking for sticks to make fire and gathered stones around to sit on. We then sat around the fire and started drinking."

Asked to describe the mood around the fire, Isha said it "was alive, everyone was having a conversation with each other and laughing".

He said he did not know about claims that brake fluid was consumed.

"I don't know anything about the brake fluid. I know we were drinking the vodka. I remember that I was sharing a glass with Jeremy."

His lawyer Chris Pillay asked him what the drink tasted like.

"It was mixed juice... It tasted lekker [nice]," he said with a smile.

The trial continues.

Read more on:    geraldine borchers  |  kirsty theologo  |  lindon wagner  |  robin harwood  |  johannesburg

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