Judge to inspect location where man was forced into coffin

2017-08-01 05:19
Screen-grab of the incident.

Screen-grab of the incident. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Delmas – Judge Segopotje Mphahlele will on Tuesday visit and inspect the location where two men are accused of forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to pour petrol on him. 

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen face charges of kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted murder and possession of an illegal firearm.

They were granted bail of R1 000 each on July 14 in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court, after reapplying for bail.

The trial was moved to the High Court in Delmas, but then moved again to the High Court sitting in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court

On Monday, advocate Wayne Gibbs, for Oosthuizen, said the very reason that Oosthuizen had thought of using the coffin after apprehending Mlotshwa was because De Beer had told him about an occasion when he had used it to scare people who were stealing mielies on the farm.

"He thought it would be opportune to scare Mlotshwa to not steal and not carry out threats," Gibbs said.

The incident took place near Komati power station in Mpumalanga on August 17, 2016.

Mlotshwa had noticed two Land Cruisers following him when the vehicles stopped, and two men assaulted Mlotshwa and kicked him without any explanation, investigating officer Constable Dimakatso said. 

A video of the incident posted on YouTube showed one man forcing Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to pour petrol on him, while Mlotshwa pleaded with them to stop.

During an appearance in 2016, the pair told the court they had merely wanted to "teach Mlotshwa a lesson". They claimed their actions were "negligible" and that they did not mean any harm.

In affidavits previously read out in court by advocate Johan Van Wyk, the men said they had received death threats since they were arrested, necessitating the need for bail.

The trial is set down for July 31 to August 10. 

*This story has been updated to reflect the name of the judge, and include details about the trial moving court. 

RELATED VIDEO - WATCH

Read more on:    victor mlotshwa  |  mbombela  |  crime  |  racism

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/News
 

Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!

Hundreds of complaints are filed every year from victims who were scammed when buying a dog online.

 
 

Paws

WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
11 animals before and after they were adopted from shelters
Competition pet grooming – creative or too extreme?
5 Celebrities who are afraid of animals
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.