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Ravensmead beheading: Aljar Swartz found guilty

The 20-year-old has also been found guilty on three charges of incitement to commit murder.

Aljar Swartz in court moments before being found guilty of the October 2013 murder of Lee Adams. 14 March 2016. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – Aljar Swartz has been found guilty of beheading 15-year-old Lee Adams in Ravensmead.

The 20-year-old has also been found guilty on three charges of incitement to commit murder.

Swartz claims he was under the control of Satan when he killed the teenager at an abandoned school in October 2013. 

Swartz claims he was and is possessed by demons.

Judge Elise Steyn says she believes the State's claim that Swartz beheaded Adams because he wanted to sell his head to a sangoma.

The deceased's head was found buried in Swartz’s backyard.

Witnesses testified he had asked them to help lure a victim, so that he could kill them and get body parts to sell.

The judge today also dismissed Swartz’s application to reopen the case on the grounds that he's in need of an exorcism.

Steyn says even if this was the case, Satanism is not an excuse for murder.

Swartz sat expressionless in the dock as Steyn summarised the murder case against him. 

Swartz's lawyer claimed his client is possessed by demons.

Sentencing proceedings start on 28 April.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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