Theologo murder case postponed

2013-10-14 13:19
Kirsty Theologo (Picture: Sapa)

Kirsty Theologo (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The murder trial of four people implicated in the death of Kirsty Theologo was postponed in the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Monday due to presiding Judge Geraldine Borchers being ill.

The case was postponed to Thursday.

Four people are on trial for Theologo's murder at the age of 18.

The teen died after being doused with petrol and set alight in an alleged satanic ritual at a hill in Linmeyer, Johannesburg in October 2011.

She died in hospital a week later. Her 14-year-old friend survived the attack.

Alleged mastermind testifying

In recent proceedings, Linden Wagner has been testifying.

Wagner, who was the alleged mastermind of the ritual, said he had performed it so he could "gain power".

He told the court he was confessing to the deed for Theologo.

"I'm not doing this [testifying] for myself... I'm doing it for Kirsty," he said.

On Thursday, he gave graphic testimony as to how he repeatedly hit Theologo with a rock on the head before dousing her with petrol and setting her alight.

"Kirsty had regained consciousness [after I hit her with the rock] 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 and she was engulfed in flames.

Wagner and three co-accused, Courtney Daniels, Harvey Isha and Robin Harwood have pleaded not guilty to killing Theologo.

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

On Friday, Wagner said he had been instructed by a lawyer who met him before the trial not to plead guilty to the charges against him.

"We were pleading guilty but one lawyer said the court will not accept it. He said the court wouldn't accept the fact that something took over me [when I killed her]," he said.

On Thursday, he told the court that an overwhelming feeling had come over him as he attacked the two girls.

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