Mlotshwa's allegations of 'vicious assault' not true, court hears

2017-08-03 21:01
A screengrab of Victor Mlotshwa being forced into a coffin. (YouTube, News24)

A screengrab of Victor Mlotshwa being forced into a coffin. (YouTube, News24) (Supplied)

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Middelburg - Victor Mlotshwa's version that he was assaulted viciously by the two men who forced him into a coffin is not true, the High Court sitting in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

Wayne Gibbs for Willem Oosthuizen argued during the fourth day of the trial that photos taken on the day of the incident did not depict any injuries.  

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

"Why would someone take a photo or video of someone they assaulted viciously?" he asked Mlotshwa.

"The accused would argue that they never beat you or kicked you. They only put you in the coffin and stepped on the lid," he said.

Gibbs said on that day, the accused took photos and video to "show what truly happened" to avoid being accused at a later stage.

Gibbs also said the reason why the accused put Mlotshwa in the coffin and threatened him with a snake was because he was allegedly caught in possession of stolen cables.

When the accused said they would take him to the police, Mlotshwa threatened to kill their wives and kids, Gibbs said.

"I know nothing about this. I don't have knowledge of those threats," Mlotshwa replied.

Gibbs said Oosthuizen took photographs of Mlotshwa after the incident.

"He didn't have any injuries on him," he said.

But Mlotshwa said, "I got out of the coffin - I don't believe there was enough time to take a photo as I was running.

"In order to scare you off and make sure he doesn't carry out his threats that is why they placed you in the coffin and made the threats," Gibbs argued

Earlier on the State presented a two minute long video in which the pair asked Mlotshwa if he wanted to die slow or fast.

In the video clip, one of the men says, "Jy praat kak [You're talking shit]," while questioning Mlotshwa about alleged stolen cables.

"Please don't kill me," Mlotshwa pleads with the men.

"You are killing my farm, why can't we kill you?" replied one of the men.

While the video played, Mlotshwa looked down, some members of the community wept, while others walked out of the court.

The trial continues.


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