Coffin assault duo's wives say families 'devastated' by sentences

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were sentenced to 11 and 14 years in prison last month for forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set it alight.

The coffin case duo Theo Jackson (R) and Willem Oosthuizen (L) appeared at the North Gauteng High Court on 9 November 2017 after being summoned by the judge who presided over their case. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The wives of two men convicted of the so-called coffin assault say that their children have been left devastated following their sentence.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were sentenced to 11 and 14 years in prison last month for forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set it alight.

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The pair were subpoenaed to the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday where Judge Sheila Mphahlele presented corrections to her sentencing.

Jackson’s wife, Reanie, says that his sentence is too long and would mean her three children will grow up without a father.

She says she doesn’t understand why convicted killer Oscar Pistorius only got six years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp while her husband has a lengthy sentence for attempted murder and intimidation.

Jackson’s suspended sentence was amended from 8 years to 5 years. Judge Mphahlele says that this is in line with the law.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)