Satanic ritual was 'pre-planned'

2011-11-17 22:36

Johannesburg - Bail applications by two of the five youths accused of setting alight two girls in a suspected satanic ritual were denied on Thursday.

The Johannesburg Magistrate's Court could find no reason to justify granting bail to the pair.

"I am not nearly convinced that there are exceptional circumstances justifying the release of either the accused on bail," Magistrate Lucas van der Schyff said.

Kirsty Theologo, 18, died at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital a week after being doused with petrol and set alight on a koppie behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in Julius Street on the night of Friday October 21. A 14-year-old friend of hers was also burnt, but she survived.

The five youths are charged with murder and attempted murder.

The bail applications were brought by Lester Moody, 18, and Jeremy King, 18. They stared at their hands when the ruling was made.

Psychological evaluation

Bernadette Lockhart, a family friend of the two girls, was happy bail had been denied. "We feel that we have won the first battle," she said.

Bail applications by the other three youths, Lindon Wagner, 21, Robin Harwood, 18, and Harvey Isha, 23, were postponed until Friday.

They could not proceed on Thursday as Wagner and Harwood had requested a psychological evaluation and Isha was not ready to apply for bail.

All five would be held at the Johannesburg prison until their next court appearance on Wednesday, when they would be joined in the dock by a sixth accused, a 16-year-old girl.

The court would decide on that day if the trial would be postponed for further investigation or be moved to the South Gauteng High Court.


Public prosecutor Colleen Ryan said the six youths who attacked Theologo and her friend took a knife, candles and a Bible to the koppie.

She said this was not a normal survival kit and was taken along with a purpose, suggesting pre-planning.

Even if Theologo consented to be sacrificed, assisted suicide was illegal, Ryan said.

She said Moody had received a suspended sentence for assault when he was a minor, which showed a disposition to violence.

He should, therefore, not be granted bail.

In his ruling, Van der Schyff said that granting the two bail would upset the community.

"I believe that we can go wider than that and say any law-abiding citizen in general would be outraged when people commit horrendous acts and were released on bail."

On Wednesday, the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Joseph Yende, told the court a public outcry could be expected if the two got bail.

Bought petrol

Yende testified that Harvey stopped to buy petrol and that the group drank vodka and everyone, except Theologo's 14-year-old friend, smoked dagga at the koppie.

He told the court Wagner picked up a brick and drew a shape resembling a triangle on the ground. Candles were lit and Moody, King, Wagner, Harwood and the 16-year-old girl prayed.

Yende testified that King throttled Theologo and that Moody tied her hands. Moody then throttled Theologo's friend. She fainted.

He said Wagner hit Theologo on the head with a brick to stop her from struggling.

According to Yende, Wagner then doused Theologo with petrol and set her alight. Whether her friend was also set alight or caught fire when she tried to put out the flames on Theologo was unclear.

By that time, the other six youths had left the scene.

Yende said the two girls were victims of a religious sacrifice.

Suggested sacrifice

He said King had told him that, at a party three weeks before the attack, Theologo suggested she be sacrificed.

On Wednesday, Lockhart testified that she spoke to the 16-year-old girl and Isha at the hospital a week after the attack.

They had told her the attack was related to satanism.

After the attack, the two girls walked back to Theologo's house, 2km away, for help.

"[The other girl] got tired about two blocks away so Kirsty carried her on her back," Lockhart said.

The 14-year-old girl was undergoing skin grafts and scraping to try and minimise the damage done when she was burnt.

Wagner, Harwood, Moody and King handed themselves over to the police and appeared in court for the first time on October 25.

Isha was arrested a few days later, as was the 16-year-old girl.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-18 05:50

    Satanists my ass! A bunch of sickos looking for thrills under the guise of "religion". I do not believe that Theologo thought that sacrificing herself meant that she would be set alight otherwise she wouldn't have struggled. This is sickening.

      Delusion - 2011-11-18 10:01

      It's a tragedy that hordes of religiots - even in this day and age - still believe in the supernatural - such as Satan, any of the some 2800 gods we have created to date, voodoo, angels, spooks, goons, Tokoloshe, telepathy and other such TOTALLY unsubstantiated c...p - and then act on it. "I am tired of living in a world with adults that still believe in imaginary beings, I am even more tired of living by the decisions adults make based on their beliefs in imaginary beings."-- Carrie Larson

      Fred - 2011-11-18 10:55

      Well said delusion. Me too. This irrational belief in a murderous, tyrannical god is a stain on humanity

      Martin - 2011-11-18 11:04

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-11-18 06:37

    Again there is no difference between Christian activities during the dark ages and what these youths did.

      GLY - 2011-11-18 08:55

      Maybe but Christianity has matured

      Aquila - 2011-11-18 09:31

      Maybe some of the Christians have matured, but Chrisitianity? No.

      Delusion - 2011-11-18 10:04

      You means the Holy Spook got more effiecient over time?

      Martin - 2011-11-18 10:24

      Yeah, keep on hating us. It will not change anything. "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you." - John 15:18 "and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." - Matthew 10:22

      Delusion - 2011-11-18 10:40

      Ahh Martin, let's then share some more selective verses from the holy spook inspired tue eternal Word of God: IF YOU WANT TO WIND UP IN HEAVEN, DUMP YOUR FAMILY IN GOD'S NAME. "Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." (Matthew 19:29) MESSAGE ABOUT SLAVERY Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder.. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them." (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT) And Martin, don't forget to kill your bride if you find out she is not a virgin...

      Martin - 2011-11-18 11:21

      Selective quoting, you're doing it as well. At least I do so in context.

      Delusion - 2011-11-18 15:48

      You mean mine is then "out of context" LOL Which parts of the Bible are methapors and which not (according to believers): a) Everything means what it says until advances in knowledge or ethical standards make it no longer tenable to view it literally. b) At that point, if it’s incoherent, it’s converted into a “mystery”. c) If it is scientifically disproven, it’s converted into a “metaphor”. d) If it’s morally abhorrent, then it’s “a lesson for another time”, e) or “doesn’t mean what it seems to say”, f) or “is not for us to question”, g) or was never actually “inspired” by some holy poltergeist. Such pathetic desperate attempts to make (your) God fit into reality...

  • mauritzswanepoel - 2011-11-18 07:44

    I really wish someone would start a, because is becoming a utter waste of time. This story has now run dry of any newsworthy content, yet, they still manage to use a single sentence and create a so called article about it.

      Delusion - 2011-11-18 10:12

      Yip, this is not newsworthy... - unless of course it was your child that was murdered because relgiots acted on their believe in an imaginary being...

      Fred - 2011-11-18 10:35

      I agree - it has become repetitive and boring.

      Kenneth Carew - 2011-11-19 09:34

      It's strange how people get tired of a story, but one thing I know the closer it hits home the more you want to know , I would like to know what comments would be made if this was your daughter or your family member or friend, think before you speak,, I ask that you keep the girl that survived in your prayers, and please pray in Jesus name pk

      Kenneth Carew - 2011-11-19 09:44

      All I know is that people are sleeping and are unaware of the reality of satanism & evil in music movies & video games, our children are constantly under this brain washing with cel phones & media parents are unaware if the dangers we are slowing the youth far to much freedom & the devil has taken up the role of the parent family's are been torn apart & we just sit back & say I want my kids to have what I never had, so we low then to have freedom to do just what they what IT'S GOING TO back fire soon

      Kenneth Carew - 2011-11-19 09:46

      All I know is that people are sleeping and are unaware of the reality of satanism & evil in music movies & video games, our children are constantly under this brain washing with cel phones & media parents are unaware if the dangers we are slowing the youth far to much freedom & the devil has taken up the role of the parent family's are been torn apart & we just sit back & say I want my kids to have what I never had, so we low then to have freedom to do just what they what IT'S GOING TO back fire soon

      mauritzswanepoel - 2011-11-19 14:34

      Simply said, a) I fully understand the concept "if it was my child", but then again, if it was my child, I would definately not be reading the article on news24 would I? And, your comments make it seem that you believe the news24 (or the media if I may) has an greater impact on how this story will unfold? No, it does not. We're all reading it, and yes, it is shocking, but the fact of the matter remains, this particular article, and i am sure a number which will follow, is not newsworthy. Secondly, Kenneth, unfortunately digital media will continue to improve, media will become even more accessible, and your children will be subjected to even more negative stuff, at a very young age. I agree, back fire is inevitable, (one could say this particular story is proof of that) but as the classic advertisement on radio goes, hearing how hippo can save you on insurance would not make you go check for cheaper insurance quotes, but your free will will. Change begins in home, proper education, and ensuring that you teach your kids good morals, values, and what is good and bad. More than that, honestly, will be up to them. Cigarettes don't cause cancer, the person smoking cigarettes is the cause of it.

  • Sharon - 2011-11-18 22:15

    Unfortunately Delusion, Satan is all too real. It's the disturbed individuals who feel the desire to worship such an evil entity that are the problem. I spent three years in Haiti and thought Voodoo was a scary myth but I found out that some mysterys "bite and bark and come to get you in the dark!". Come,take my hand I'll show you....

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 12:13

      Always fascinating to hear of these cute stories about your imagination or how you were conned.... "Coincidentally, miracles [e.g. voodoo] vanish in the presence of video recorders and scientists."-- Michael Jensen. If you have evidence, then you are some R10m richer. Happy spending dear Sahron - or ummm... should I not hold my breath? LOL

  • Glynn - 2011-11-19 10:04

    If God is infinitely powerful, then nothing in the universe, including Satan, has any power at all. So, what's the problem? Why get your knickers in a knot over a powerless being.

      Delusion - 2011-11-19 12:07

      Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Epicurus

  • Pinky - 2011-11-19 18:32

    Do not hold your breath Delusion, rather step outside your front door and take a deep breath, "there are more things on heaven & earth than most men dream of." Except you of course, you already know everything. Your life must be real boring but then again you knew that alrady didn't you?

  • Christopher - 2011-11-21 19:04

    No man is a slave, we are all born with a thing called free will to choose for ourselves. Take ur blinkers off, its clouding ur intelligence.

  • Olivia - 2012-02-21 13:33

    Satanists has certain offerings and rituals during the year and month. All of these are pre-planned, abdcution, animal sacrifice and human sacrifice. It just proofs again that people are ignorant concerning what is going on in the world and with their children. Some people being sacrified does not understand the full extent what this means or thinks it's a game, it is not however. Do the research and you will see this is prevalent in the world. With passover around the corner more and more of these will happen but it is done quitely. These were cleary amateurs in there dabblings.

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