Coligny murder accused, Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte. ANA

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Judgment day for Coligny sunflower murder case

RUSTENBURG, October 17  – Two farm workers accused of killing a teenage boy are due to appear in the North West High Court on Wednesday, for judgment.

Pieter Doorewaard, 27, and Phillip Schutte, 34 are accused of killing Matlhomola Mosweu, 16, in Coligny on October 20, 2017.

The defence had called for the court to drop all charges against Schutte and preferred a case of capable homicide for Doorewaard while the State wanted the court to find them guilty on a charge of murder.

The two claimed that Mosweu jumped out of a moving van after they caught him and another teenager stealing sunflower heads at the Rietvlei farm.

They were taking him to the Coligny police station about three kilometers away.

However, the sole eyewitness of the incident Bonakele Pakisi had testified that Mosweu did not jump but was pushed from the moving van.

Mosweu’s death set off a mass violent protest in Coligny that left six houses and three trucks torched, several shops were looted and damaged.

Doorewaard and Schutte are out on a R5000 bail each, their bail had been extend. (ANA)

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