Shivneel Kumar, 20, and Bryne Permal, 22, have spent nearly a month on trial in the High Court at Auckland over the death of Shalvin Prasad, whose smouldering body was found on a rural South Auckland road on the morning of January 31, 2013.
The Crown said the victim was assaulted at an unknown location and bundled into the boot of Permal's mother's car, driven by Kumar.
The defendants then bought 15 litres of petrol, using the stolen money, before driving to McRobbie Rd in Kingseat, where they doused the victim in petrol and set him alight.
Medical witnesses gave evidence that Mr Prasad was conscious when the fire was ignited.
In the days after the murder, Kumar spent thousands of dollars on his car and paying off various debts and on February 2 he and Permal went shopping together.
Store records showed they got tattoos, watches and t-shirts totalling nearly $2000.
Large sums were also deposited into bank accounts linked to Kumar.
The 21-year-old's charred remains were found early the next day by a woman walking her dog.
ARTICLE Life sentences given in Shalvin Prasad murder case
Date of Birth
1996 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Shivneel Shahil Kumar
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Life sentences given in Shalvin Prasad murder case
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|14-07-2016||Appeal hearing||Court of Appeal Wellington||Murder||30-01-2013||Life Imprisonment||▼|