Two men deny string of attacks in Cornwall on children as young as three from late 1970s to 2009
Members of a “white witch coven” in Cornwall donned ceremonial robes and used daggers in ritualistic sex abuse of young girls, a court has heard.
Peter Petrauske, 72, who allegedly told police he was high priest of the coven, and Jack Kemp, 69, were said to have been involved in criminal “pagan ceremonies” over a 30-year period.
Children were plied with alcohol before being made to undress in front of a crowd of men wearing robes, it was claimed.
There is not enough information in this piece to figure it out but a few things immediately make me question it.
First, the claims of this “coven” are odd. Not to say that things like this don’t happen but as with Satanic cults, people WAY overestimate their prevalence. Second, it took place a long time ago. The witnesses were very young and those memories are almost certainly VERY inaccurate and should not be admissable. Eyewitness testimony is the most unreliable evidence we use in court today and considering the time frame and age, it’s incredible that it would be considered valid, but I bet it’s very emotional and convincing to a jury. From this piece, it does say that when Petrauske was arrested, daggers, candles, incense and lavender was found. So? Lots of people have those things. With the exception of the daggers (of which details might be necessary since we all have knives around), what do those things have to do with the crime? Cases like this are somewhat concerning to read about. We don’t have the whole story but from what is given, it could be misinterpreted and peoples lives can be ruined further beyond the mess already at hand.