A witch's basic motto was
"Do what you want without hurting anyone", a court heard
A high priest of a witchcraft coven and one of Australia's
leading authorities on paganism said non-consensual sex,
sex with children, drugs and violence played no part in
Alan John Moyse, 46, public officer of the Australian
Pagan Alliance, told Melbourne Magistrates Court he did
not believe there was a concept of "black or evil magic".
"Witches have a highly developed moral sense of right
and wrong," he said.
"Individual witches may choose to carry out acts which
may be bad but that is the fault of the individual."
Mr Moyse said one of the basic tenants of witchcraft
was do what you want without hurting anyone."Eight words
of the witches' law fulfil: And (if) it harm none, do
what you will," he said.
The court has heard withcraft enthusiast Robin Angus
Fletcher, 40, hypnotised, drugged and raped two 15-year-old
girls who came to him for counselling.
He allegedly forced the girls to strip naked, dressed
them in dog collars, bound their wrists and ankles and
flogged them with a riding crop. The court also heard
Mr Fletcher supplied them with drugs and urged them to
prostitute themselves to fulfil their destiny of becoming
Mr Fletcher, of Marara Rd, South Caulfield, faces 40
charges including child pornography, providing child prostitution,
sexual penetration of a child under 16 and trafficking
in LSD, ecstasy, cannabis and amphetamines.
The committal hearing before Magistrate Lance Martin
Sun Herald, 30/5/1997