Theologo family calls for tough sentences
Lindon Wagner and Robin Harwood were found guilty of murdering Kirsty Theologo.
JOHANNESBURG - Kirsty Theologo's family on Thursday said while they're happy two of the four people accused of killing her have been convicted of murder, they're feeling anxious ahead of sentencing on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, Lindon Wagner and Robin Harwood were found guilty by the high court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrates Court of the premeditated murder of the 18-year-old and the attempted murder of her 14-year-old friend, who sustained severe burns in the attack.
Lindon Wagner (R) speaks to his mother and brother after being found guilty of murdering Kirsty Theologo on 7 November 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN
The two girls were assaulted, doused with petrol and set alight in an apparent satanic ritual on a hill in Linmeyer in October 2011.
Theologo's mother Sylvia says she's relieved the trial is almost over and hopes Judge Geraldine Borchers will hand out lengthy sentences to the two convicted killers.
Thursday's judgment marked the end of the ordeal for co-accused Harvey Isha, who was acquitted of all charges.
Harvey Isha collapses to his knees after being acquitted of all charges at the Kirsty Theologo murder trial at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on 7 November 2013. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
Courtney Daniels, who received a six-month sentence for assault which will be suspended for five years, also walked free.
Her mother Melanie says she's grateful her daughter won't be serving any jail time but hopes she takes something positive from the experience.
"I hope my daughter has learnt a very expensive lesson and I hope she can help youngsters out there not to make the same mistake."
She says the trial took a toll on her family.
"She was innocent, she was 16. I pray to God that nobody will go through what we went through for two years."
The state has suggested Borchers sentence both Wagner and Harwwod to life in prison.
This sentiment was echoed by the family of the victims.
Theologo's friend didn't attend the proceedings as she's busy with school exams.
A picture of Kirsty Theologo next to a teddy bear in the high court at Palm Ridge on 7 November 2013. Picture: Vumani Mkhize