Judgment in the trial of two men accused of assaulting farmworker Victor Mlotshwa and shoving him into a coffin is expected on Friday, in the High Court sitting in the Middelburg Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga. ?
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MIDDELBURG – Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson have been found guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and intimidation after allegedly forcing Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin.
Judge Segopotje Mphahlele extended their bail of R1,000 each in the Middelburg court in Mpumalanga on Friday afternoon.
Oosthuizen and Jackson were arrested late last year after a video of the incident went viral on social media and sparked outrage as well as making headlines internationally.
On August 21, while presenting closing arguments, prosecutor Robert Molokoane told the court that evidence led before the court previously had revealed that Oosthuizen and Jackson had attempted to kill Mlotshwa.
Oosthuizen’s lawyer, advocate Wayne Gibbs, insisted that the accused did not commit attempted murder and that they had no intention to kill Mlotshwa.
He said there was a discrepancy between Mlotshwa’s testimony about the nature of the injuries he sustained in the alleged assault and the testimony of his mother, Lonea Mlotshwa.