Duo in coffin case guilty of attempted murder and kidnapping

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen have been found guilty of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen seen at the Middelberg Magistrates Court. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN.

MIDDELBURG - Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen have been found guilty of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Judgement in the so-called coffin case has been delivered in the High Court sitting in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.

The coffin assault case, as it became known, made headlines when cell phone footage showed two men threatening to pour petrol and set a coffin alight after their victim Rethabile Mlotshwa was placed inside.

Judge Sheila Mphahlele handed down judgment.

“In relation to count five, the attempted murder of Mr Mlotshwa, I hereby find you both guilty. In relation to count six, intimidation, I hereby also find you guilty.”

She says she is satisfied that the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Oosthuizen and Jackson would have killed Mlotshwa if they continued with their actions.

“I am in the final analysis satisfied that the State has proven beyond reasonable doubt the committing of all the offences except for count one.”

Mphahlele has also found the duo guilty of assault with an intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The gallery cheered after judgement was handed down.

Earlier, She read out statements and testimonials obtained from the trial period, which concluded on Monday.

Mphahlele's earlier summary of the evidence suggested that Oosthuizen and Jackson have no regrets about forcing Mlotshwa into a coffin.

The pair claim they were merely trying to scare him.

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Bail for the two has been extended to 23 October when sentencing proceedings will begin.