A man convicted for beheading a teenager told a court he felt “outside influences” urging him to commit murder.
Aljar Swartz, 20, was found guilty of the gruesome beheading of 15-year-old Ravensmead boy Lee Adams at an abandoned school in 2013.
In March, the Western Cape High Court found that he had been motivated by financial greed as he planned to sell the boy’s head to a sangoma for R5 000.
Swartz lured his friend to Florida Primary under the pretext that they would smoke dagga there.
Yesterday, during sentencing proceedings he told the court that he had read about albinos in Africa being hunted for body parts, and that had given him the idea to behead Adams.
He had asked two black men who he could sell the head to, but they didn’t know of a sangoma who would buy it.
Despite this, he went ahead with his plan.
He testified that it hadn’t been a “satanistic killing”, but that he had had an urge inside him telling him to do it.
Major Hayden Nibbs, a chief police forensic psychologist, testified that perpetrators of criminal mutilation are often psychopaths.
Nibbs said the beheading fitted into the concept of a “muti murder”, however, in Swartz’s case it was an atypical case, as there had been no sangoma, no client, and no specific body part requested.
He warned that failed attempts at treatment could result in psychopaths becoming even worse: “They usually learn how to become better psychopaths”.