Closing arguments in Theologo case

The state is expected to motivate why the four suspects should be found guilty of killing the teen.

Kirsty Theologo was set alight in an apparent satanic ritual.

JOHANNESBURG - Closing arguments in the trial of four people accused of killing Kirsty Theologo commenced in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Monday.

The teenager and a friend were assaulted, doused with petrol and set alight in a suspected satanic ritual on a hill in Linmeyer, south of Johannesburg.

Theologo died in hospital a week later.

The state is expected to motivate why the four suspects should be found guilty of killing Theologo in 2011.

Prosecutor Carina Coetzee started her closing arguments by summarising testimonies read out in court.

Key to this is evidence by a psychiatrist who examined alleged mastermind Linden Wagner.

The expert revealed meticulous planning of the satanic ritual was not consistent with a psychiatric disorder.

Coetzee further argued the intention of the four friends was always to kill Theologo and not only to sell their souls to the devil.

But the prosecutor conceded there was no direct evidence that accused one, Harvey Isha, knew what was going to happen on the hilltop.

Theologo's grandmother, who was the only relative in court, wept into a tissue as graphic descriptions of the murder were recounted.