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Coligny teen: Defence applies to have case brought forward

The case against Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, who are accused of killing Matlhomola Moshoeu in April, was today postponed to August.

FILE: Murder accused Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte in the Coligny Magistrates Court on 8 May 2017. Picture: EWN

COLIGNY – The defence in the case of two farm employees accused of murdering a Coligny teenager has filed an opposing application to the have the case brought forward.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte are accused of killing 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in April. The pair appeared in the Coligny magistrate’s court on Monday.

It's alleged that the two beat the teenager to death after he was apparently caught stealing sunflowers.

They have denied this, saying that the teen jumped off their moving bakkie while en route to hand him over to the police.

The two accused, who have been out on bail since their last appearance in May, were rushed off by private security after the case was postponed to 7 August.

Magistrate Wicus van Loggenberg says he is aware that the defence is opposed to the date because it feels the postponement is too long.

He, however, says that the time frame is normal considering that the matter was brought to the attention of the court in April.

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