Men deny charges of ritualistic abuse in witch coven

‘White witch coven’ took part ritualistic sex abuse of young girls, court told

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.

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  4 comments for “Men deny charges of ritualistic abuse in witch coven

  1. One Eyed Jack
    November 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Men in robes abusing children? Are they sure this was a coven and not some other group of men that frequently dress in robes?

  2. Patsy
    November 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Prior to trial, it is impossible to guess at guilt or innocence. The writer indicates that it is ‘odd’ that these allegations are being made. You make good points and those are noted. However, this is not one victim (did they corroborate on their stories, or did they go to police individually?) If more than one (unrelated) victim is involved, it does usually show more guilt. Also, the article says ‘dagger’ not knife, not ‘knife found in kitchen drawer’. If these items were found together, rather than separately throughout the residence, and follows with the stories of abuse from the victims, then it is very damaging.

    • November 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Not exactly. There are cases where many individuals have claimed similar abuse, look up Satanic Panic, that turned out to be false. This hinges on the complete unreliability of eyewitness testimony. It can be astoundingly wrong. Better evidence must be provided to convict someone of such a crime.

      • Patsy
        November 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Oh I completely agree, there have been many such cases. I am only saying let’s not prejudge guilt or innocence. Let the trial run its course. The evidence will either corroborate their claims or it won’t. We do not know yet (the public) what and how the evidence looked when they found it. Was it set up in a ritualistic manner that mirrors the alleged victims stories? That would be very important to know. I just say do not prejudge it.

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