Expert testifies Ravensmead beheading was not a satanic ritual
Lee Adams’s decapitated body was found in an abandoned school & his head found buried in a shallow grave.
CAPE TOWN - A police expert has testified the beheading of a Ravensmead teenager is unlikely to have been part of a satanic ritual.
Twenty-year-old Aljar Swarts is on trial in the Western Cape high court for the mutilation and murder of Lee Adams in October 2013.
Adams' decapitated body was found in an abandoned school, while his head was found buried in a shallow grave in the accused's backyard.
The defence asked police crime scene investigator Phillip Becker whether the murder could've been part of a satanic ritual, but Becker replied that he hadn't identified any satanic paraphernalia.
He testified that he's completed a course in psychologically motivated crime and that if it had been a satanic murder, the body would've been washed and presented.
The question arose after the defence found a picture that was taken at the crime scene, of what it believes resembles a bird drawn in blood.
But Becker explained the entire pattern in the picture looks like a blood-soaked cloth that was rubbed against the wall.