Satanic ritual victim's mom sees accused

2012-02-21 12:17

Johannesburg - The trial of six youths accused of setting two girls alight in an alleged satanic ritual was postponed by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that the defence and prosecution were still waiting for the director of public prosecutions to decide on a possible plea bargain for two of the accused, Lester Moody, 18, and Jeremy King, 18.

The trial was postponed until March 29.

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 a week later in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

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, Moody and King 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.

Theologo's mother Sylvia attended the proceedings for the first time on Tuesday.

"My daughter needs my support. Now I'm stronger and I want to be here for her."

She also saw the five accused for the first time since the murder. "I hate them. I know I shouldn't, but I do. They were good boys," she said.

  • Charmain - 2012-02-21 12:27


      Sean - 2012-02-21 12:59

      Thats exactly right, Balance of probability, not beyond reasonable doubt. There is a big difference between the 2. However in this case I would like to hear what mitigating circumstances these so called satanists have to offer. Did you take these 2 kids - yes. Did you douse them in petrol - yes. Did you set them on fire - yes. Guilty, now hang them finish and klaar. There is no excuse that can be given that justifies them killing innocent people, let alone in the name of satanism

      Suzanne - 2012-02-21 13:11

      One of the previous articles stated that she had WILLINGLY partaken in the ritual. YES - This does still happen in 2012.... God have mercy on her soul. As the Psalmist said: Please forgive me the transgressions of my youth. There is a lot of things which us mere mortals will never be able to comprehend.

      Nina - 2012-02-21 13:50

      @ Charmain: Trials take long because there are a lot of details involved. Granted, many laywers postpone unecessarily, but they cannot get away with that forever, remember that courts dont merely grant a postponement because a lawyer requested it. There is a lot involved in a trial. I once had a matter that went on for almost 5 years...Cases are different, some are easier than others. Either way it all has to go through the same process.

  • Victor - 2012-02-21 12:33

    As I said before my wife taught one of the accused and he was never a good boy !!!!!!

      Anastasia - 2012-02-21 13:07

      I had the displeasure of attending the same school as Mark Scott-Crosley. Same story, it was clear, that he would end up in jail. Some people are just bad.

  • Jean - 2012-02-21 12:38

    Times like these we must euthanize little f***ers like them... Yes I would rather go with a more torturous device but since we are suppose to be the more intelligent, civilized species I guess it would more appropriate !!

  • TenRas1 - 2012-02-21 12:41

    they must rot in jail

  • Franna16 - 2012-02-21 12:44

    Why does the girl get released and the boys must stay in prison. she is just as guilty!!!! They all should rot

      rodfor1435 - 2012-02-21 12:49

      @Franna..........that is becoz she is a minor.........

  • procold2 - 2012-02-21 12:45

    i would hate them too sylvia.

  • Nlgga - 2012-02-21 12:57

    Death Penalty for these kids

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-21 12:58

    Lock them all up, murder is murder whether a religious excuse is used or not. Even the 15 year old girl must serve a sentence, if this is the way they act now, what will they be like when they are adults, rehabilitation is a pipe dream and as they say a tiger never changes its stripes.

      clivecorbz - 2012-02-21 13:30

      Are you under the impression that they could possibly get off of this for religious reasons? And you say rehabilitation is a pipe dream... Using cutesy sayings is a terrible argument, look at the studies. Norway follows rehabilitation, and the have a 16% return rate in their prisons. The UK is around 60%.

      mclabuschagne - 2012-02-21 14:27

      @clivecorbz - it is even more dismaying that there is a chance for criminals to be set free to commit crime again to be a statistic on return rates in prison. If only they could be dealt with first time around...

  • Konstabel - 2012-02-21 13:04

    There must be no plea bargain for the two accused. Anyone who commits such an evil act is rotten to the core and can never be rehabilitated. Life imprisonment without parole is the only punishment that should be considered.

  • Thabiso Senior - 2012-02-21 13:07

    and stil their parents stand by them, its too bad

      Jason - 2012-02-21 14:08

      U know what I would stand by my kids, I would also look at myself seriously if they did something like this. I must have done something very wrong.

  • Mathew - 2012-02-21 13:11

    Death Penalty!! If they are doing this at 18, imagine what they are going to be doing at 25!!!

  • Werner - 2012-02-21 13:23

    Quick! We need something to confuse the masses! How about we launch that A-bomb... No, politically too messy. Oh wait! What about religion? Yes! They'll never know what hit them! Plus, we won't have to explain any of it. Genius!

  • Peter - 2012-02-21 13:36

    The sad part is that is they go with the old "Devil made me do it" defence, all the good Christians out there must forgive them and they must get off. After all it was Satan, not them.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-21 14:09

      Yep - the Hansie Cronje defence. They all forgive greedy lying, cheater Hansie so why not these guys. Also this Satan guy is a religious invention. They made him up to confuse and frighten children but go ape when the children believe he exists and act out the fantasy character.

  • Mtizozo - 2012-02-21 13:43

    but how on earth do you support something like this,,

  • Paula - 2012-02-21 14:00

    Why does everything done or said be directed to race groups.Why cant individuals be treated as individuals and not have a stigma attached to any race group.

      mclabuschagne - 2012-02-21 14:30

      @Paula - Amen to that!

  • daniel.vanrensburg1 - 2012-02-21 14:00

    What proof beyond what these kids said,that this had anything to do with satanism?????? I think l;abeling this a "Satanic" crime is slightly ignorant,but i guess thats just the world we live in these days

      Godfrey - 2012-02-21 14:12

      Actually Satan has a bad rep. He is not actually such a bad guy as Christians would like their children to believe. People killed by God in Bible: 2,473,633 People killed by devil in Bible: 10

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-02-21 14:03

    Unfortunately this is what the south is becoming. Drugs are readily available. Bunking is rife in most schools. The moral decay that is rotting this country is unbelievable. Unfortunately, the victim was also bunking, drinking, and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Did she not then bring this upon herself? (as sad as that is..)

  • Jason - 2012-02-21 14:05

    Its very sad, people do stupid things but when it comes to religion they will do something for no rational reason!

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