Sentencing expected to be handed down in coffin assault case

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen concluded their submissions on Monday, asking the court to be lenient.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were convicted of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and intimidation after they were recorded on video forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin. Picture:  Pelane Phakgadi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sentencing is expected to be handed down in the so called coffin assault case in the High Court sitting in Middelburg on Friday morning.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen concluded their submissions on Monday, asking the court to be lenient.

They were found guilty of attempted murder, kidnapping, intimidation and two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The two made headlines last year when a video showing them forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to set it light went viral.

The prosecution has submitted to the court that Jackson and Oosthuizen have not shown any remorse, despite the two having submitted affidavits supported by a psychologist that they now regret their actions.

The State’s Robert Molokoane says that Jackson argued that he saw nothing wrong with the act initially.

The duo submitted that they were merely trying to scare Rethabile Mlotshwa.

The State has also argued that a lenient sentence will divide society and that the court should consider that.

Scores of African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters are expected to gather outside the court this morning in support of Mlotshwa.