'Vampire’s' occult interest comes up in Anika inquest

2015-09-16 13:18
Anika Smit's father Johan (Jenni Evans, News24)

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

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Pretoria - An inquest at the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court into the unsolved 2010 murder of Pretoria schoolgirl Anika Smit centred on Wednesday morning on a fellow pupil's apparently short-lived interest in the occult on Court.

The body of the fresh-faced, blonde Anika was found with her hands chopped off. She had been raped and her throat was slit. Her hands were never found.

The family and girlfriend of a young man, who went by the Mxit name of “Vampire”, have repeatedly been asked whether he was interested in the occult.

“Vampire's” girlfriend, who called herself “Penguin” on Mixit for her love of the animals, said that although her boyfriend had once expressed curiosity in the occult, as far as she knew he took it no further.

The two may not be named in terms of an order by the court.

'Was he involved in Satanism?'

Prosecutor Tania Carstens asked the young woman if her childhood sweetheart had been involved in Satanism or “anything goth” and whether she knew about a book of spells he supposedly had.

“Yesterday on the news was the first time I heard that,” she said of the spell book. When asked about his beliefs and practices, she said she was not sure.

“I had my suspicions but I never followed it up. I think it was more of a front,” she said.

''I questioned him once and he said he had shown interest but it did not really interest him. I think he did research and asked questions but I don't think he would actually do it.''

Like any teenagers, they watched horror movies she added, saying she preferred vampire movies, and also read books about vampires. “I think it is interesting but you won't get involved because it's fiction.”

She had never heard of anybody drinking blood at parties and said this was not in line with her own Christian beliefs.

She was brought up in the Dutch Reformed Church, but was now a Seventh Day Adventist.

She started crying when asked about a message she had sent her boyfriend in 2008 asking him to get rid of someone.

She said the message related to a man who was abusing someone close to her.

But she added she would never ask for him to be killed. The message was stupid, she was young, and she deeply regretted it. “You can phone his [the allegedly abusive man] cell number now and you will see he is alive,” she said.

Drinking a mysterious red substance

She was also questioned on whether she knew another Mixit user named “Satan's Eyes”.

“Vampire” had allegedly asked “Satan’s Eyes” for help in getting rid of someone for “Penguin”.

But it was a picture of a man not yet identified, drinking out of a blue striped glass with something red on his lips that has been described as blood, and another of a man holding a sword that caught the magistrate's attention.

On Tuesday, “Vampire's” mother and sister denied knowing who it was but after being shown pictures of “Vampire's” bedroom, Magistrate Pierre Wessels picked up that the curtains behind the mystery man appear to be the same as those in “Vampire's” room.

The inquest will continue after the tea break.

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