Theologo's killing not properly planned, court hears

2013-10-24 21:35
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Johannesburg - The alleged Satanic killing of Kirsty Theologo was not properly planned, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Thursday.

Clinical psychologist Suzette Heath said Theologo's alleged killers never documented their plans.

Heath had held consultations with one of the accused, Robin Harwood.

"There was even confusion about when the killing would take place. Some thought it would happen about three weeks later."

She said for people who had planned to burn a person they had insufficient petrol.

It was understood that the group of attackers had bought a small amount of petrol, which they had carried in a juice bottle.

Theologo, 18, died in hospital on 28 October 2011, a week after she was repeatedly hit on the head with a rock, doused with petrol and set alight as part of a "soul-selling" ritual on a hill in Linmeyer. Her friend, who was 14-years-old at the time, survived the attack.

Heath said it was never verified who would play what part in the attack.

"There was never consensus from the whole group."

She told the court, however, that Harwood had loved Theologo.

"He saw her as the woman of the house," said Heath.

In earlier proceedings, it was revealed that Harwood and Theologo had been in a brief relationship.

Heath told the court Harwood believed Theologo's killing led him to God.

"The whole thing went wrong so he [Harwood] believes this is how God led him to meet with Him [God]."

Reading from her notes, Heath said Harwood told her: "I do regret that it happened... I can't look at it in a negative way 'cause then I will break."

Harwood, Linden Wagner, Courtney Daniels and Harvey Isha are on trial for Theologo's murder and the attempted murder of her friend.

Jeremy King and Lester Moody earlier confessed to the crime and were each sentenced to 17 years in prison, five of them suspended.

The case was postponed to 29 October when another psychologist was expected to testify.

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