We have received death threats in jail, coffin assault duo tells court

By Drum Digital
14 July 2017

he pair said they would be able to afford R 1000 bail each.

Middleburg - The two men who allegedly forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol over him have received death threats while in prison, the Middelburg Regional Court heard on Friday.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were reapplying for bail on Friday morning.

The court gallery was packed with members of the public and journalists. From the first day the matter was heard in court, political parties have staged protests outside the venue. However, the demonstrations have come to a complete halt.

The pair face charges of kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and attempted murder.

In their affidavits, read out in court by their lawyer Advocate Johan Van Wyk, the men said they witnessed several attacks by "hardened criminals" on other inmates.

"We have received death threats while incarcerated in prison, and the prison authorities had to move some prisoners to other sections in order to keep us safe."

They also said since the State's investigations were finalised, they would not interfere with witnesses.

In his affidavit, Oosthuizen told the court that his wife and two minor children depended on handouts to support themselves.

He said he had arranged to move from Middelburg to Potchefstroom, where he believed he would be safer.

Meanwhile, Jackson said his wife had sold their livestock as well as "my expensive, specially-bred bloodhounds, partly because she did not earn enough to feed them and partly to earn extra money to support our three kids".

T- News24

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