Theologo's killers to appeal judgment

The two men responsible for the teen's murder were handed lengthy jail sentences yesterday.

Lindon Wagner and Robin Harwood were handed lengthy jail sentences yesterday. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There's been mixed reaction to the sentencing of two cousins for the murder of Johannesburg teenager Kirsty Theologo.

The two men were yesterday handed lengthy jail sentences by the High Court in Johannesburg sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on the East Rand.

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.

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.

The Wagner and Harwood families say they will appeal the judgments because their sons were possessed by the devil on the night of the attack.

"People just don't understand that these boys weren't in control that night and it wasn't premeditated. Judgment was unfair and we are going to apply for leave to appeal."

Meanwhile, Theologo's cousin Leisha Du Toit welcomed the sentences.

"I am very happy. Finally someone is going to pay for what they did to her."

Du Toit, who sobbed uncontrollably during yesterday's sentencing, says her family can now start focusing on healing.

"I am going to visit her grave on Sunday and put her to rest."

Theologo's mother Sylvia was not in court yesterday afternoon.

SENTENCING

Both Wagner and Harwood sat quietly in the dock while Judge Geraldine Borchers handed down 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. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

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