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'A board game led to Theologo's murder'

Four people are currently standing trial for the teenager's murder.

Family and friends of Kirsty Theologo protest outside Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg on 15 April 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One of the men convicted of murdering teenager Kirsty Theologo in an apparent satanic ritual, told the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, a Ouija board game compelled him and his friends to commit the crime.

Theologo and a friend were doused with petrol and set alight on a hill in Linmeyer, south of Johannesburg, in 2011.

Four people are currently standing trial for her murder, all of whom have pleaded not guilty.

Lester Moodey, a pastor's son who already confessed to Theologo's murder, told the court that a Ouija board-type game told him and his friends that she was a cursed prostitute mentioned in the book of Revelations.

He recited the relevant passage from the bible in court while Theologo's mother, Sylvia, wept in the gallery.

Moodey said Kirsty was told she was cursed, and she was the one to suggest she be sacrificed by being burnt alive.

He also told the court that Kirsty asked the group to eat her flesh and drink her blood.

A few weeks after they played the game the plan was then hatched to murder Theologo.

Earlier, the court also heard that a fingerprint lifted from a plastic bottle of petrol directly linked one of the four accused to the murder.

The state called fingerprint expert, Deon Ehlers.

Ehlers confirmed that the petrol used to set Kirsty and her friend alight was contained in a Tropika bottle found on the hill where the alleged satanic ritual took place.

The bottle was taken as evidence and a partial fingerprint was obtained.

Ehlers said the fingerprint belonged to Lindon Wagner, directly linking him forensically to the crime.

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