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Coligny murder: Police officer says accused intended to kill sole eyewitness in case

MAHIKENG, March 27  – Two North West farm workers accused of killing a teenage boy in Coligny intended to kill the man who saw them, the North West High Court heard on Tuesday.
 
“They wanted to kill him, they took him [witness] to a remote area,” Brigadier Clifford Kgorane told the court.
 
He was testifying in the murder trial of Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, accused of killing Matlhomola Mosweu, 16, of Scotland informal settlement near Coligny.
 
Kgorane told the court that he changed an inquest docket to murder after he had read the witness statement. The witness also took him to the crime scene, confirming his belief that the two farm workers should be investigated for murder.
 
“He took me and point all areas and also at a dam where they wanted to kill.”
 
During an inspection in loco of the crime scene on Monday Bonakele Pakisi, who is in witness protection, said that the pair took him to a dam at Putfontein where they intended to kill him, but abandoned the notion when they realised they could be seen by people.
 
They took him back to the road, made him run in front of a van and fired shots at him, Pakisi said.
 
He said Mosweu was lying on the load base of the van the entire time.
 
The inspection in loco established that the accused drove a distance of 47,6km with Pakisi while Mosweu was lying in the van.
 
The State alleges Doorewaard and Schutte assaulted Mosweu and then threw him out of a moving van, on April 20, 2017 at Rietvlei farm near Coligny after accusing him of stealing sunflowers from their employer Pieter Karsten’s  sunflower plantation.
 
The state further alleges that the pair kidnapped the man who witnessed the incident and drove him around the farm, assaulted and threatened to kill him if he reported the incident, and also stole his cell phone and pointed a gun at him.
 
The accused have pleaded not guilty to the seven charges gainst them.
No blood trace was detected in a van allegedly used in the murder of Coligny teenage boy Matlhomola Mosweu, the North West High Court heard on Tuesday.
 
Police Brigadier Clifford Kgorane testified that he requested Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and  Phillip Schutte, 34, to hand over the vehicle they allegedly used, so that it could be examined by an expert for possible traces of blood.
 
“No blood was detected,” he replied during cross examination by defence lawyer Hennie du Plessis for Doorewaard.
 
The State alleges Doorewaard and Schutte assaulted Mosweu and throw him out of a moving van on April 20, 2017, at Rietvlei farm near Coligny, after accusing him of stealing sunflower heads from their employer Pieter Karsten’s sunflower plantation.
 
The state further alleges that the pair kidnapped a man who reportedly witnessed the incident and forcefully drove with around with him on a farm, assaulting and threateningd to kill him if he reported the incident. They also allegedly stole his cellphone and pointed him with a firearm.
 
The pair pleaded not guilty to the seven charges leveled against them.
 
Kgorane told the court an expert tested the van for possible blood stains on the load base of the van.
 
On Monday, the North High Court revisited the scene where Mosweu was allegedly killed.
 
Bonakele Pakisi, who witnessed the incident, pointed out the scene to Judge Ronald Hendricks. 
 
Pakisi said he saw the two men dumping Mosweu’s body and when they realised he had seen them, they picked up the deceased, loaded him into the back of the van and also confronted him, asking if he had seen what happened.
 
He replied that he did not see anything and they put him at the load base of the van and drove around with him, before threatened him. 
 
They drove to a dam where they pointed him with a firearm, made him to drink alcohol and ordered him to run in front of a moving bakkie, while at the same time firing shots around him.
 
He testified that he vomited and collapsed. The two left him near a dam, not too far Scotland informal settlement, while according to him, all this time Mosweu was lying, bleeding at the load base of the van.
 
Mosweu’s death, known as the “sonneblom (sunflower) murder”, triggered violent community protests that left a trail of destruction in the small maize-growing town and divided the community along race lines. Six houses and three trucks were torched, while several shops were looted and damaged.
 
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