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Johannesburg - A man accused in the satanic ritual murder of Kirsty Theologo has taken the stand, telling the court he had been told she wanted to be sacrificed.
On Monday, Robin Harwood gave his version of the events that took place on October 21, 2011, when Kirsty was drugged and burnt in a satanic ritual.
Harwood, one of the four main accused in the murder trial, said the group had spoken about making a sacrifice for a ritual they were planning to carry out.
“I wasn’t for it. I didn’t like the idea,” he said at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
Judge Geraldine Borchers asked whether the group, which included his three co-accused, Lindon Wagner, Harvey Isha and Courtney Daniels, had talked about how Kirsty would be sacrificed.
Harwood said the group had spoken about how one of them would be the Beast when the ritual took place, referring to verses in the biblical book of Revelations.
When questioned about 666 and what it meant, Harwood said they would talk about these things when they were high.
“It was the core of everything, the mark of the beast,” he said.
He said the sacrifice just happened.
Judge Borchers asked him how that was possible because people who did such things normally thought about them in great detail.
“It wasn’t discussed in great detail,” he said, adding that the group did not discuss who would sacrifice Kirsty.
“I was told that she said she would be sacrificed… that Kirsty said she wants to be sacrificed,” he said.
The judge asked if he ever asked Kirsty about her willingness to be part of the ritual.
“No,” he said.
Judge Borchers said she found it strange that someone would like to be killed for other people’s benefit.
“Did you ever think what would happen once she was sacrificed?” she asked.
“No,” he said.
Harwood was also questioned about the meeting the group had on the Thursday to discuss the events that would eventually lead to Kirsty’s death.
He said he could not recall the meeting.
Harwood followed Isha, who took the stand previously. The other two accused have yet to testify.
The trial continues.