OVERVIEW: Murder of #Coligny teen wasn't racially motivated - Doorewaard tells court

2019-01-31 12:15

The sentencing of the two men guilty of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu continues in the North West High Court.

Farm workers Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte

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Last Updated at 19:56
31 Jan 16:35
Doorewaard and Schutte will be sentenced on March 6. Court adjourns 

31 Jan 16:25
The court has taken a short adjournment. Judge Hendricks is currently meeting with counsel in chambers.

31 Jan 16:13

The State says the following sentences will be just and fair:

Murder - Life in prison

Kidnapping - 10 years

Intimidation- 2 years

Theft- 1 year

Pointing of firearm - 3 years

31 Jan 16:09
"Is life so cheap in the country, is it acceptable for a helpless child to die for R80 sunflower. Is being taking of law into ones own hands tolerated in this country," Molefe asks.

31 Jan 16:08
Molefe says accused did not put the court into their confidence by explaining why Moshoeu did not jump from the bailie when he had the opportunity to do so.

31 Jan 16:08
Molefe: The accused involved themselves in a "cover-up" by placing the deceased's body where it was found.

31 Jan 16:08
Molefe says the accused lied by saying that Matlhomola Moshoeu was co-operative. "They lied by saying that the deceased jumped from the bakkie," he says.

31 Jan 16:00
Molefe: The failure by the accused to accept responsibility for their conduct clearly shows their lack of insight into the serious nature of the crimes they committed.

31 Jan 15:55
Molefe: The conduct of the accused led to public violence, looting and a state of lawlessness in Coligny.

31 Jan 15:54
Molefe: No attempts were made by the accused to send their condolences to the deceased's family up until their conviction.

31 Jan 15:51
Molefe: The conduct of the accused cannot be tolerated.

31 Jan 15:51
Molefe: The killing of the deceased was barbaric and brutal.

31 Jan 15:51
Molefe: The accused failed to accept responsibility for their conduct - where is remorse here?

31 Jan 15:50
Molefe says the accused took the law into their own hands and the deceased died for a sunflower worth R80. He says the accused has shown no remorse.

31 Jan 15:47
"A state of lawlessness and jungle justice resulted from the accused's barbaric conduct," says Molefe.

31 Jan 15:47
Molefe says the evidence of primary school principal Stanny Mnyakama shows that "the killing of the deceased by the accused devastated his father and the community was hurt".

31 Jan 15:42
Smit is done. Adv Rapula Molefe is now arguing on behalf of the State.

31 Jan 15:37
Smit says justice will be seen to be done and society will be satisfied if there is imprisonment.

31 Jan 15:36
Smit: Justice must be seen to be done but in order to arrive there we deal here with various factors that needs to be take in account.

31 Jan 15:34
Smit: Accused 2 (Schutte) regrets the loss of life.

31 Jan 15:20
Smit says Schuute struggles to cope with the fact that Moshoeu lost his life.

31 Jan 15:17
Smit says Schutte has three children aged between 3 and 7. He is the sole provider. He earned R12 000 per month.

31 Jan 14:55

Mmankhibidu Mosweu and Saki Dingake are seen during an interview about her painful life after the killers of her son were found guilty on November 27, 2018 in Coligny.  

The family of 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu are devastated that two Coligny farmworkers found guilty of killing their son want to spend the festive season outside jail. (Tiro Ramatlhatse, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)

31 Jan 14:53
#Coligny Zwiegelaar is done. Advocate Pieter Smit for Schutte is up next. He says he will first deal with his client's personal circumstances. @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:49
#Coligny Zwiegelaar also deals with other counts of intimidation and pointing of firearm. @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:39
WATCH: Two farm workers accused of killing Coligny teen found guilty

31 Jan 14:38
#Coligny Zwiegelaar now moves to count 2 (Kidnapping). @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:36
#Coligny Zwiegelaar says interest of justice would not be served if life improvement is imposed. @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:36
#Coligny Zwiegelaar says "society does not need life imprisonment in this matter". @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:33
#Coligny Zwiegelaar says her client is a first time offender and has an unblemished record. @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:32
#Coligny Zwiegelaar says a "sentence must not over emphasise public interest". @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:31

Coligny case witness Bonakele Pakisi denies lying in court during an interview on January 19, 2019 in Coligny.  

Pakisi, who is the only eyewitness in the infamous Coligny murder trial against two white men convicted for throwing a teenager from a bakkie, reportedly admitted to lying when he testified against Pieter Doorewaard, and Phillip Schutte, who were found guilty of the murder of Matlhomola Moshoeu in April 2017. (Elizabeth Sejake, Gallo Images, Netwerk24, file)

31 Jan 14:30
#Coligny Zwiegelaar says the court in sentencing should not consider what society wants. @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:30

#Coligny Zwiegelaar says Doorewaard accepts that this was a "tragic incident... he regrets the death of the deceased (Moshoue).

"I would ask the court to take that into account." @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:27

#Coligny Zwiegelaar says what happened to the deceased was shocking and traumatic experience.

She says the court should consider the "nature, the gravity and seriousness" as far as count 1 (murder). @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:23
#Coligny Zwiegelaar says Dooreward denies that the murder was racially motivated. @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:21
#Coligny We are back. Advocate Cecile Zwielegaar for Doorewaard says her client acknowledges the seriousness of the murder charge - "He acknowledges that the deceased has died and life is precious." @J_chabalala

31 Jan 14:11

31 Jan 14:07
Matlhomola Mosweu's parents Saki Dingake and Mmankhibidu Mosweu are photographed after the appearance of Pieter Doorewaard, 26, and Phillip Schutte, 34, accused of killing their son at the Coligny Magistrate's Court on June 26, 2017 in Coligny. (Tiro Ramatlhatse, Gallo Images, Sowetan, file)

31 Jan 14:06
WATCH: Coligny key witness says he heard child screaming - 'mommy please help, I'm dying'

31 Jan 12:51
We adjourn for lunch.

31 Jan 12:49
Zwiegelaar says her client doesn't have any pending cases. She also says he is good health. 

31 Jan 12:48
Zwiegelaar says Doorewaard and his girlfriend plan to get married once he is released from custody. Zwiegelaar says Doorewaard has never been involved in any physical fight or altercation. 

31 Jan 12:42

31 Jan 12:41
The defence is currently dealing with accused no. 1's personal circumstances and where he grew up and which school he attended.

31 Jan 12:34

Coligny murder case: AfriForum's Gerrie Nel and advocate Barry Roux to help convicted men after reports that witness 'lied'

Lobby group AfriForum has decided to help pay for the legal costs of the two men who were found guilty of murdering a teenage boy in Coligny, its CEO Kallie Kriel told News24.

31 Jan 12:32

31 Jan 12:23

I lied, no I didn't! - Coligny murder witness changes his story... again

The self-proclaimed eyewitness in the Coligny murder case claimed he was intimidated into "confessing" to lying in court, the Sowetan reported.

31 Jan 12:23
Adv Cecile Zwiegelaar for Doorewaard says punishment should fit the crime. She says her client is a first offender.

31 Jan 12:20
Judge Ronnie Hendricks is here. Proceedings now under way.

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