Coffin assault duo have shown no remorse, court told

The prosecution in the so-called coffin assault case has told the court that the two accused only regret forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin because they are now facing imprisonment.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen appear in the High Court sitting at Middelburg magistrates court on 23 October 2017. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The prosecution in the so-called coffin assault case has told the court that the two accused only regret forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin because they are now facing imprisonment.

During sentencing proceedings on Monday, the prosecution argued that Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson have shown no remorse for their actions which were caught on video.

State prosecutor Robert Molokoane has suggested that the two men be sent to prison, saying the term should be at the discretion of the court.

Despite the defence arguing that Mlothswa was lying about receiving counselling after the incident, Molokoane remained resolute about justice being done.

He says a lenient sentence will divide society and the court should consider this.

Mlotshwa adds: “The matter is in the hands of the court.”

All arguments were concluded and sentencing is expected on Friday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)