Coligny accused were in shock - police officer

2017-05-03 21:54
The Coligny Magistrate's Court (Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

The Coligny Magistrate's Court (Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – The two men arrested in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Coligny boy were in a state of shock and looked afraid when they reported the incident, a police officer said on Wednesday.

Warrant Officer Jeremiah Modisane told the Coligny Magistrate’s Court that he believed the men when they told him that Matlhomola Mosweu had jumped from their bakkie after they allegedly caught him stealing sunflowers on April 20.

Modisane was testifying in bail hearing of Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Philip Schutte, 34.

They arrived at the police station to tell him to call an ambulance, Modisane said.

When the men refused to go back to where Mosweu was lying, he asked for their contact details and addresses.

He arrived on the scene and found Mosweu “bleeding from the face and ears, in a pool of blood”. The boy was still alive, but died in hospital.

During their bail hearing - the men maintained that Mosweu was caught red-handed stealing sunflowers. They were taking him to the police station when he jumped off the moving bakkie. They said there were no witnesses.

The accused were in shock, their lawyer Hennie du Plessis told the court.

Magistrate Magaola Foso earlier expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of evidence presented in court.

Foso asked Brigadier Matome Kgorane if an eyewitness, who claimed he had seen the men push Mosweu off the bakkie, had been taken to an ID parade and if he had identified the young boy.

Kgorane said no ID parade had been conducted.

“What are we even doing here?” Foso asked. He said the urgent bail application was premature.

The matter was postponed to Friday.  

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