Teen tells of blood shots at 'Vampire' party

2015-09-17 13:02
Johan Smit, Anika's father. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Johan Smit, Anika's father. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Pretoria - The young man questioned about teen girl Anika Smit's gruesome murder, testified on Thursday how he drank blood at a “vampire” party.

He also spoke frankly about becoming friends with a group of Satanists.

He may not be named and has not been charged with anything.

He is known as "Vampire" on Mxit. He resignedly answered the questions put to him by Prosecutor Tania Carstens.

Even his handwritten poetry was laid bare, his words of despair read to the court.

The public gallery at the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court leaned forward as he spoke of how he went to a "Vampiric Party" where they had to drink a tot of blood.

Asked by the prosecution what went through his mind when he drank the blood, he said: "Wat de donner doen ek? [What the hell am I doing?]"

But, even though he was copying spells off the internet, and was protected by the boys who said they were Satanists from school bullies, he said he was nowhere near any actual initiation rituals.

The party and any discussions about Satanism were more of a show of some of the things Satanists did. It was more of a pre-recruitment display, he said.

Picked on because of his weight

He said he first heard of Satanism when his father became angry about a film one of his brothers was watching and called it "Satanic". He was in primary school at the time and out of curiosity went to the public library, and for about two weeks read up on it, but quickly lost interest.

It was only when he was in high school that his interest resurfaced when he connected with a group of boys interested in Satanism. One in particular called himself a Satanist.

Once he started hanging around with them, if anybody tried to pick on him, the group interested in Satanism would back him up, and the bullies would back off.

He said he was picked on because he was thin, in spite of how much he ate at home.

He changed schools in Grade 10, but his reputation as a Satanist and as a boy always taking part in fights followed him.

But by the end of the year at his new school, he received an award for good behaviour.

However, he led a secret life of emotional turmoil, not talking about how he was being bullied. He thought about suicide often and tried to kill himself with tablets.

Smit's hands were chopped off and never found. Her father found her body at their house in Theresa Park. Her throat had also been slit and she had been raped.

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