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Nov 24 2011 8:45AM
 
‘Satanic’ trial for high court
FIERY DEATH: Sylvia Theologo touches a portrait of her daughter, Kirsty, who was set alight and killed during an alleged satanic ritual. Picture: FATI MOALUSI
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Itumeleng Mafisa and Sapa

Sylvia Theologo, the mother of a murdered teenager who was burnt alive in an alleged satanic ritual, said she was pleased that the case had been moved from the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court to the high court.

Lindon Wagner, 21, Robin Harwood, 18, Harvey Isha, 23, Lester Moody, 18, and Jeremy King, 18, and a 15-year-old girl are facing charges of the murder of Kirsty Theologo and the attempted murder of Bronwyn Grammer. They appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday during a closed session.

The trial was postponed until January 17 for further investigation and the results of forensic evidence, said public prosecutor Colleen Ryan.

The case will be moved to the high court in Johannesburg when the investigations are complete.

The six face one count of murder and another of attempted murder, after dousing Kirsty Theologo, 18, and Bronwyn Grammer, 14, with petrol, and setting them alight during an alleged satanic ritual. Kirsty died while Grammer is still in hospital.

Wagner and Harwood withdrew their request for psychological evaluation. 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 girl.

Sylvia Theologo, who has not attended any of their court appear- ances, said she was not strong enough to face the accused, but now that the trial had been moved to a high court she planned to attend the proceedings.

“I am going for counselling and just taking each day one step at a time.”

The mother of seven said she did not let her other children go out anymore after receiving threatening phone calls, which she reported to the police.

Sylvia said the condition of her daughter’s friend, Bronwyn, was improving and she was recovering at a private hospital in Johannesburg.

“She has had skin grafts and surgery, and is in high spirits, according to her mother,” she said.

Yesterday, Sylvia said she would be seeing Grammer for the first time since the incident.

“Neither of us were ready to see each other until now,” she said.

itumelengm@thenewage.co.za

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