South Africa 22.10.2013 06:00 am

‘Satanists’ hit back at claims

FILE PICTURE: Linden Wagner (L) and Harvey Isha (R) appears on the 17 October 2013,at the Palm Ridge magistrate court in connection with the murder of Kirsty Theologo. Theologo was doused with petrol and set alight in a so called 'satanic ritual' murder on a hill behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in late 2011. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Linden Wagner (L) and Harvey Isha (R) appears on the 17 October 2013,at the Palm Ridge magistrate court in connection with the murder of Kirsty Theologo. Theologo was doused with petrol and set alight in a so called 'satanic ritual' murder on a hill behind the Linmeyer swimming pool in late 2011. Picture: Alaister Russell

The SA Police Service (SAPS) labelling brutal murders as satanic was called “hogwash” yesterday by pagan group Circle of the African Moon.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, the group’s arch-priest Martin le Batte said police were too quick to link brutal murders to Satanism.

“I believe it’s more of a mental health issue than a Satanism issue,” Le Batte said following the discovery of a decapitated body at a derelict school in Ravensmead, Cape Town last week.

A 17-year-old boy appeared in the Parow Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection to an alleged “satanic murder”.

Police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut said a search at the suspect’s residence led to the discovery of a head buried in the front garden on Sunday night.

“Paraphernalia suggesting that Satanism was a possible motive was found at the residence of the suspect,” Traut said.

Le Batte, who spoke on behalf of “magickal practitioners”, condemned the act, while saying “Satanists do not believe in the killing of their own (human) kind.”

“Satanists are peace-loving people in a secular state where everyone has freedom of religion. The public’s perception of Satanism is due to ‘devildom’ created by the church hundreds of years ago, and spread by the media,” he said.

 

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