Plea bargain wanted in satanic ritual case

2012-02-02 20:15

Johannesburg - Two of the six youths accused of setting two girls alight in an alleged Satanic ritual want to enter into a plea bargain with the State, the SABC reported on Thursday.

The trial was postponed by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court earlier in the day to allow the defence team to negotiate with the prosecution on a plea bargain. The two were hoping to get a lesser sentence.

The trial would resume on February 21.

In October, Kirsty Theologo, 18, was doused with petrol and set alight on a koppie behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in Julius Street, Johannesburg.

She died in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital a week later.

Her 14-year-old friend was also burnt, but survived. She underwent skin grafts and other treatment to limit the physical damage caused by the fire.

Lindon Wagner, 21, Robin Harwood, 18, Harvey Isha, 23, Lester Moody, 18, and Jeremy King, 18, remain in custody. They were denied bail in November.

The sixth accused, a 15-year-old girl, was previously released into the custody of her parents. Her case would continue in camera.

  • Lynda - 2012-02-02 20:46

    this is such a sickening story, I would hate to have to decide on a sentence, how do you punish pure evil?

  • Michael Woody Wood - 2012-02-02 21:14

    Throw them in with the gangsters.nice fresh meat.satanists?excuses.sick kids.that is all.drop them by me.i have petrol and matches.

  • cynfarr - 2012-02-03 02:48

    I was coming over from Australia for a holiday and now I see all this carnage against white people I do not think I will come now

      Nazeem - 2012-02-03 07:21

      What are you talking about carnage,these were white children killing white people,I know Australians are lazy but read before making stupid comments,even sheep have more brains.

      Mfosi - 2012-02-03 08:13

      Its people like you who perpertuate racism, if you had bothered to apply half a brain cell you would have noticed that this appauling act was done by white children, on other white kids. Besides that even if it had been black children burning white kids, nowhere in the story does it allude to a racial angle, this is purely about an evil pack of brats who I can only imagine have satan ruling their lives, thats the only reasonable explanation I can deduce as to how kids can burn other kids for no apperent reason, save for pleasure, satan!

      Free Your Mind - 2012-02-03 13:19

      Wow Mfosi, it's people like you who perpetuate religious prejudice. :( People do bad things for all sorts of reasons.

  • Free Your Mind - 2012-02-03 13:30

    "Plea bargain wanted in satanic ritual case" News24, how hard is it to stick to the facts and hold the stereotypes and sensationalism related to minority groups? How come when Christians harm someone in a so-called exorcism it is not advertised as a "Christian ritual case"? You are encouraging religious prejudice, intolerance and the persecution of minority groups and the vulnerable in our society. You should be ashamed of yourselves. :(

  • Gail - 2012-02-03 16:03

    Castrate all the males and sterilise the girl. I don't care if they are sorry or young and misguided they should never be allowed to contribute to the gene pool and they should be made to do a requisite amount of time. As a society we are way too soft on consequences for evil behaviour. I'm sorry for their parents but why should their turning state witness make their punishment less. Obviously they were not disciplined or maybe even mentally impaired and should thus not be allowed to procreate regardless.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-17 15:27

    Plea bargain... they must rot in jail

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