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Coligny murder accused intends pleading not guilty

COLIGNY, May 2  – One of two farmers accused of brutally killing a teenage boy in Coligny outside Lichtenburg, intends pleading not guilty, the Coligny Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.

In an affidavit read out in court, Pieter Doorewaard, 26, said if he was kept in custody he would not be able to prepare for his trial and would not be able provide for his grandmother.

Doorewaard told the court he would surrender his passport to authorities. He said he does not know the state witnesses so would not be able to interfere with them or the investigation.

He said he was prepared to post a bail amount of R20 000, lent to him by his employer.

He further stated that he does not have any fixed property in his name and was not a flight risk. He would also abide by the bail conditions imposed by the court.

Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte are accused of killing Matlhamola Jonas Mosweu, 17, of Scotland informal settlement on April 20 in Tlhabologang near Coligny.

He said in the five days after the death of Matlhomola, he never received any threats from a raging Tlhabologang community although they knew he was linked to the murder.

He told the court Matlhamola jumped from the bakkie he was driving, and his co-accused was a passenger.

“Immediately after the incident we rushed to the nearest police station and summoned emergency medical personnel,” he told the court.

He later learnt Matlhamola died of a broken neck on his way to hospital.

The two handed themselves over to police on April 25, and have been in custody since their arrest.

Matlhomola’s death triggered a violent protest in which at least three houses and three trucks were torched and several shops in the small maize producing town were looted.

Doorewaard denied that the protest was ignited by the death of Matlhomola and said the police had information that a protest was planned in Coligny on April 24.

-African News Agency (ANA)

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