Coligny sunflower murder case in court

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The trial of two North West farmers, accused of kidnapping and killing a teenager in Coligny, is expected,Picture: Supplied

The trial of two North West farmers, accused of kidnapping and killing a teenager in Coligny, is expected to resume in the North West High Court on Monday.

The two farmers, Pieter Doorewaard, 26 and Phillip Schutte, 34, both face charges of murder, intimidation, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, theft, and pointing of a firearm.

They are accused of the murder of 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu in April 2017.

They are alleged to have apprehended the teenager on the accusation that he stole a sunflower from their farm.

According to their version of events, the farmers had placed Mosweu at the back of their bakkie with the intention to report him to the police. The teenager allegedly then jumped out of the moving car, leading to injuries to his neck.

Mosweu later died on his way to a hospital.

The state, however, alleges that the two killed Mosweu at the Scotland informal settlement in Coligny.

They are currently out on a bail of R5 000 each.

The teenager’s death and the court’s decision to grant a bail to the two sparked outrage and triggered violent mass protests in the area that left a trail of destruction in the town and divided the community along racial lines.

-TNA Reporter

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