Sex was discussed before satanic ritual

2013-10-10 14:42
Kirsty Theologo (Picture: Sapa)

Kirsty Theologo (Picture: Sapa)

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Satanic ritual suspect appears in court

2013-10-10 11:06

The prime suspect in the murder of a Johannesburg teen in an alleged satanic ritual took the stand in court on Thursday. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - There was talk of having sex with Kirsty Theologo and her friend before they were set alight in an apparent satanic ritual, the South Gauteng High Court heard on Thursday.

"Lester [Moody] said we must sleep with the girls, not rape them," Linden Wagner, the alleged mastermind of the ritual, told the court, which is sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

He said he did not agree with the suggestion.

Earlier, Wagner told the court that he and four of the other accused had been prepared to sell their souls on the day Theologo and her friend were doused with petrol and set alight in an alleged satanic ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, Johannesburg, in October 2011.

Theologo died of her burns a week later, but her 14-year-old friend survived the attack.

Wagner told the court Moody gave them alcohol laced with brake fluid. Theologo said she could not drink it because it tasted bad.

Knew what he was doing

Wagner testified that he knew exactly what he was doing when he attacked them.

"From the way I recall it, I knew what I was doing.... I knew where everything was [for the ritual]."

He said he had no feeling, thoughts or emotion during the attack. He had been under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Wagner testified on Thursday that he remembered strangling Theologo's friend.

He placed his arms around her neck and held her until she was unconscious. He then tied her hands with a scarf.

"I don't remember having a conversation with anyone, or even seeing what I was doing until I saw them [the other people involved in the ritual] around Kirsty," he said.

"I then picked up a rock and walked up to her and dropped it on her head.

"It bounced and I lifted it up and hit her two times," he said.

He and the others cut their hands and let drops of their blood fall into a fire they had started. A Bible was also placed in the flames.

"Kirsty had regained consciousness and was standing. I splashed her with petrol. I then looked for a light.

"I heard Kirsty say she thought we were friends," said Wagner.

It was then that he set her alight. She was engulfed in flames, he said.

Theologo's mother Sylvia broke down in court and proceedings were adjourned.

Dressed in black

Earlier, Wagner told the court that he packed a Bible, a knife, and candles for the ritual.

"We dressed in black to prepare for the ceremony," he said.

Theologo did not know of their plans, and thought they were heading to the hill to drink alcohol.

Wagner had suggested that they hold the ritual at the hill.

"I suggested the mountain because I had been there before.... We couldn't have done it at the [my] flat because we needed an open area. We thought of going to the park, but we saw it was too open," Wagner said.

They smoked dagga on their way to the hill and came across a police van. The group ran away from the police.

Wagner said Theologo asked along the way why everyone was dressed in black.

"She said she too wanted to be dressed in black. Someone gave her a black jacket to put over her pink top," he said.

Wagner, Harvey Isha, Robin Harwood, and Courtney Daniels are on trial for murdering Theologo, attempting to murder of her friend, and for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. All have pleaded not guilty.

Two other accused, Jeremy King and Lester Moody, confessed to the crime and were each sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment, five of which were suspended.

The trial continues.

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