Theologo’s killer gets life

Lindon Wagner also got an additional 18 years for trying to kill the teen’s 14-year-old friend.

Kirsty Theologo murder accused Lindon Wagner and Robin Harwood arrive in court, 11 February 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

PALM RIDGE - Two cousins accused of murdering Johannesburg teenager Kirsty Theologo have been handed lengthy jail sentences on Wednesday.

Lindon Wagner was handed a life sentence for murder and another 18 years for trying to murder Theologo's 14-year-old friend.

Robin Harwood was sentenced to 20 years for being an accomplice to the crimes.

The ruling was handed down by a High Court sitting in Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.

Theologo and her friend were assaulted, doused with petrol and set alight in an apparent satanic ritual in Linmeyer, south of Johannesburg, in October 2011.

Theologo died of her injuries in hospital a week later.

Her friend survived the attack.

Both Wagner and Harwood sat quietly in the dock while Judge Geraldine Borchers handed her ruling.

She told the court she didn't at any moment believe their initial claim that they were possessed by demons at the time of the crime.

Wagner's mother Vanessa Arendse sobbed uncontrollably as police escorted her son out of court for the last time.

Lindon Wagner's mother sobs uncontrollably after hearing his fate in the Kirsty Theologo murder trial, 12 February 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

Borchers on Tuesday heard arguments in mitigation of the sentence and postponed her ruling to Wednesday.

The court heard that drugs played a major role in the lead-up to the crime.