Murdered man ter Solheim named as a former sex abuser
A MAN from Helston murdered at sea eight years ago was sensationally named in a trial last week as sexually abusing a young girl amid a witches' coven and pagan ceremonies.
An alleged victim accused Peter Solheim of raping her when she was aged about 10 and said she only recognised him when his picture appeared on television after his murder.
Mr Solheim, a former parish councillor, was drugged and tortured before being thrown into the sea to drown in 2004.
His partner went to prison for conspiracy to murder, but her co-conspirators were never found.
Two pensioners who were allegedly in the same coven, Peter "German Pete" Petrauske and Jack Kemp, are on trial at Truro Crown Court accused of a string of sexual offences against children during ceremonies.
In a video shown to the jury, one witness, who is now an adult and cannot be named for legal reasons, said Solheim was involved. In her harrowing account, the alleged victim said she had been taken to a house near Hayle where people were "chanting and dressed in gown things".
She claims her feet were tied to a bed and Solheim slapped her face before raping her.
According to her evidence Petrauske, from Falmouth, was at the centre of proceedings, describing himself as the "high priest".
It was also alleged one victim was attacked by a friend of the pair, convicted paedophile Stanley Pirie, while others were threatened with being "thrown on the fire" if they did not do as they were told.
The jury also heard that when police started investigating they learnt children were told to take their clothes off and dance around " like models".
Another witness said "numerous" people were involved in abusing her over a six-year period.
She described her alleged abusers as "disgusting, dirty people and they will never change".
Kemp and Petrauske deny the allegations. The trial continues.
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