Satanic ritual case postponed

2012-01-17 13:44
Johannesburg - Six youths accused of setting two girls alight in an alleged satanic ritual will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court again on February 2.

Prosecutor Colleen Ryan said the matter was postponed on Tuesday because "a certain aspect needs to be seen to before they can be indicted".

She declined to elaborate.

Tuesday's proceedings were held in camera as one of the accused, a 15-year-old girl, is a minor.

Ryan said the next appearance would be at the magistrate's court, but that the matter would soon be moved to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

Set alight

On October 21, Kirsty Theologo, 18, was doused with petrol and set alight on a koppie behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in Julius Street, Johannesburg.

She died in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital a week later.

Her 14-year-old friend was also burnt, but survived. She underwent skin grafts and scraping treatment to limit the physical damage caused by the fire.

Lindon Wagner, 21, Robin Harwood, 18, Harvey Isha, 23, Lester Moody, 18, and Jeremy King, 18, remain in custody. They were denied bail in November.

The 15-year-old girl was previously released to the custody of her parents.

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