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Two farmers back in North West court for schoolboy ‘sunflower’ murder

RUSTENBURG, October 6 – Two North West farmers, Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, who are accused of killing a schoolboy in Coligny after they caught him stealing sunflower, on Friday appeared briefly in the Coligny Magistrate’s Court, where their matter was transferred to the high court for trial.

The State alleges the two killed Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu, 16, on April 20 at Scotland informal settlement in Coligny after accusing him of stealing sunflower from their employer’s field.

They claimed they put Mosweu at the back of a van intending to take him to the police and that he jumped out of the moving van and injured his neck. He died on his way to hospital.

However, an eyewitness later told the police Mosweu was thrown out of a moving van.

On Friday Magistrate Mattheus van Loggerenberg said investigations were now completed. He then postponed the matter to November 15 for a pre-trial conference at the North West High Court in Mmabatho.

Doorewaard and Schutte  were initially accused of murder, but other charges of intimidation, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition, theft and pointing of a firearm have been added.

The state alleges the pair, who are out on R5,000 bail each, intimidated, kidnapped and stole the cellphone of the sole witness in case.

Outside the court a few members of the Economic Freedom Fighters held a protest.

Mosweu’s death triggered violent mass protest that left a trail of destruction in the small maize growing town and divided the community into racial groups.

At least six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops looted and damaged.

Earlier, Two North West farmers, accused of killing a schoolboy, w expected to appear in the Coligny Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, are accused of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu on April 20, at Scotland informal settlement in Coligny.
The men claim that after they caught Mosweu stealing sunflower from their employer’s fields they put him at the back of their bakkie with the intention of taking him to the police. It is their contention that the schoolboy jumped out of the moving pickup truck and injured his neck.
Mosweu died on his way to hospital.
Soon after the incident an eyewitness told the police that Mosweu was thrown out of a moving van.
Apart from murder charges related to Mosweu’s death, the pair also face a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at an eyewitness.
Mosweu’s death triggered violent mass protest that left a trail of destruction in the small maize growing town and divided the community along racial lines. At least six houses and three trucks were set alight and several shops looted and damaged.
Doorewaard and Schutte are out on R5,000 bail each.

ANA

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