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Theologo was choked twice, court hears

Jeremy King says Kirsty Theologo had to be choked twice before the attack took place.

A poster with photos of Kirsty Theologo in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court, brought to court. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Friday heard that Kirsty Theologo was choked twice before she passed out during an apparent satanic ritual on a Linmeyer hill, south of Johannesburg, in October 2011.

Theologo was doused with petrol and set alight.

She died in hospital a week after the incident.

Jeremy King pleaded guilty to the crime and turned state witness.

He testified about what happened on the hill the night Theologo was attacked.

He claimed accused number two, Robin Harwood, first tried to strangle Theologo first and got into a scuffle with the 18-year-old but could not make her lose consciousness.

King said he then choked Theologo again and subdued her so that the group of friends could start the satanic ritual.

He also revealed that Harwood told Lindon Wagner that carrying out the ritual was wrong and tried to stop it from happening.

Earlier King was accused of being dishonest in his testimony after he contradicted himself about who took part in the murder.