Data places car at scene of coffin assault: expert

File: Coffin assault victim Victor Mlotshwa. Final arguments in the trial will be heard on 21 August. Photo: Gallo / Deaan Vivier

JOHANNESBURG – Final arguments in the coffin assault trial will be heard on 21 August when the Middelburg regional court resumes.

On Friday, a car-tracking expert testified that their data places the car owned by the accused at the scene of the crime.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen are on trial for assaulting Victor Mlotshwa and forcing him into a coffin.

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They have admitted to taking Mlotshwa to a secluded and threatening to kill him and forcing him into a coffin.

But they insist this was intended only to scare the plaintiff.

The defence called Andre Maree to the stand on Friday to provide a tracking report of the whereabouts of the accused vehicle on that day.

The report supports their version that they were on the crime scene on 7 September last year and were there for about 15 minutes.

This contradicts Mlotshwa's claims that the attack occurred on 17 August and that it lasted for about an hour.

While Maree testified that the files containing the report weren't likely to be tampered with, the state argued the report could be manipulated.

With all the testimonies from witnesses concluded, the state and the defence now have to make their final arguments to the court.

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