‘A willing sacrifice’

2013-04-19 00:00

KIRSTY Theologo, the teenage girl who died after she was set alight in a satanic ritual, allegedly told an accused she wanted to be “sacrificed”.

Lindon Wagner (23), one of the four accused in the case, made this statement to magistrate Jasper Nightingale after his arrest in October 2011, the high court in Palm Ridge on the East Rand was told yesterday.

Nightingale was called as a witness in the case and read a statement in which Wagner said that he and his friends had started talking about satanism three weeks before the “sacrifice” when they were under the influence of drugs.

“Kirsty told us she wanted to be sacrificed,” Wagner stated. The statement did not say when Theologo allegedly expressed this wish.

Wagner said they drank alcohol, smoked dagga and used drugs and he could not remember how it happened that the group had tied up Kirsty and Bronwyn Grammar (then 14, now 16) with ropes.

“It was as if something controlled me. I was not normal. I poured petrol over the girls while they were tied.

“I set them alight. We drew a star on one of the rocks. That was the ritual that took place.”

Kirsty, Bronwyn and six friends were sitting on the rocks on a hill in Rosettenville in the south of Johannesburg on October 21, 2011, when the men reportedly tied up the girls.

Isha Harvey (24), Robin Harwood (19), Courtney Daniels (18) and Wagner are charged with murder, attempted murder and assault with the intention to cause serious bodily harm.

They all pleaded not guilty to causing the events in which Kirsty suffered serious burn wounds over her entire body.

She died days after the assault from multiple organ failure, forensic pathologist Dr Patricia Klepp testified yesterday.

Kirsty also suffered several head wounds and her eyelids, nose, lips, ears and neck, chest, and arms were extensively burnt.

Jeremy King and Lester Moody (both 19) both pleaded guilty last year and are serving 17-year jail terms. Five years of the sentences were suspended in terms of a plea agreement.

During yesterday’s testimony, Bronwyn, visibly distressed, told how they were given alcohol mixed with brake fluid to drink, petrol was poured over them and they were set alight.

“I lost consciousness … and when I came to Kirsty was screaming in an indescribable voice: ‘Bronwyn, we must go home, we must go home’.

“My sight was hazy, but I saw someone who was burning. I first thought it was Lindon that was burning, when someone started strangling me with my scarf. When I looked around, I saw it was Lindon.”

Bronwyn said she broke free, realised it was Kirsty who was burning and ran to her to try and kill the flames with her bare hands.

The petrol on her own body caught fire and she fainted again.

“Kirsty was my best friend, she was my everything,” she said as the Theologo family cried in court.

“The first thing I recall after that [fainting for the second time] was someone pulling me and carrying me and dropping me.”

Alex Noble, Kirsty’s brother, yesterday testified how Kirsty had arrived at their home, carrying Bron­wyn over her shoulder.

After the “sacrifice”, Bronwyn spent almost three months in hospital while the badly burned muscles on her back healed.

She still had a lot of pain and had to be massaged regularly. She was too shy to have other people see her scars and allowed only her closest family members to massage her, said her mother, Samantha Grammar.

The case continues tomorrow.

• Grammar asked the media to publish the name of her daughter although she is a minor: “She is Bronwyn Grammar, she wants people to know this.”

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