Coligny murder accused Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte will go on trial in the North West High Court in Mmabatho on March 19. The two allegedly killed Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu in Coligny in April, accusing him of stealing sunflower from their employer's field. Photo: ANA

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#SunflowerJudgement: Sentencing to start on Thursday at North West High Court

RUSTENBURG, October 18 – Two Coligny convicted murderers will be sentenced in the North West High Court on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Judge Ronnie Hendrick convicted Pieter Doorewaard, 27, and Phillip Schutte, 34, of murdering 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu in 2017.

They were also found guilty of kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing of firearm.

It was expected that the defence would table their mitigation factors for the court to consider before sentencing.

Mosweu of Scotland informal settlement in Tlhabologang near Coligny died on April 20, 2017, after he was pushed from a moving a van.

The pair maintained that Mosweu jumped from the van while it was in motion.

They claimed that they caught Mosweu and another teenager, stealing sunflower heads from their employer Pieter Karsten’s sunflower plantation at Rietvlei farm about 3km from Coligny.

The men claimed they were taking him to the police station in Coligny when he allegedly jumped out of the van and injured his neck.

The pair went to the police station to request the police to call an ambulance.

Despite the injuries Mosweu suffered, they two did not return to the scene with the police instead they went to their workplace.

A mass violent protest erupted after Mosweu was killed, six houses and three trucks were set alight, several shops were looted and damaged. (ANA)

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