A photograph of Kirsty Theologo, who died after being set alight in an apparent satanic ritual, is seen at the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court in southern Johannesburg on Thursday, 18 April 2013. Courtney Daniels, Lindon Wagner, Robin Harwood and Harvey Isha have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, and assault to cause grievous bodily harm. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Johannesburg - The sentence handed to cousins Lindon Wagner and Robin Harwood for the satanic killing of Kirsty Theologo was not fair, Harwood's mother Dierdre Moses said on Wednesday.

“The sentence was a bit harsh, the judge does not understand the merits of the case,” Moses said.

“There is evil out there,” she said.

Moses said Wagner and Harwood did not plan the murder.

“We believe they were not in control of their actions. The devil is real, if you open the door he will come in,” she said.

Moses said Wagner and Harwood were victims of the devil and it was unfair that Wagner and Harwood had to suffer.