'Possessed' man found guilty of murder in beheading case

2016-03-14 13:25
Exhibits that a pathologist was asked about in the trial of Aljar Swartz, who beheaded a 15-year-old Ravensmead teen. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Exhibits that a pathologist was asked about in the trial of Aljar Swartz, who beheaded a 15-year-old Ravensmead teen. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – The Western Cape High Court on Monday found a Cape Town man guilty of beheading Ravensmead teenager Lee Adams.

Judge Elize Steyn ruled that the murder Aljar Swartz committed in 2013 was premeditated.

She also found him guilty of three counts of intentionally inciting, persuading and encouraging men to lure a victim to Ravensmead.

Swartz seemed unmoved by the judgment. He calmly looked around the court and was led down to the police cells during an adjournment.

Last month, he admitted to killing 15-year-old Adams so he could sell his body parts to a sangoma.

He admitted to strangling the teenager at Florida Primary School in Ravensmead on October 17, 2013. He then stabbed him numerous times until he died.

"Thereafter I decapitated him," he stated in the document handed to the court.

"Although I consumed alcohol and dagga during the day of October 17, 2013, I could still appreciate the wrongfulness of my conduct. I was a follower of Satan at the time."

A pathologist had concluded that Adams died due to sharp force trauma to the neck. Stab wounds, bruises, and abrasions were found on his face and neck.

A security guard found the boy’s body at the school. The head was later found in a shallow grave in the accused’s yard.

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