Incarceration of coffin assault duo delayed

The defence says Paxton Prison has received the incorrect admission documents, stalling the pair's incarceration.

The coffin case duo Theo Jackson (R) and Willem Oosthuizen (L) appeared at The North Gauteng High Court after being summoned by the judge who presided over their case. There was a technical error in their sentencing proceeding which needed to be corrected. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The defence in the so-called coffin assault case has confirmed that Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson are currently being housed at a sick bay in Emalahleni's Paxton Prison.

The defence says the correctional facility has received the incorrect admission documents, stalling the pair's incarceration.

Jackson and Oosthuizen are serving jail terms for forcing Rethabile Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatening to set the wooden box on fire.

During an urgent appearance in the High Court, the defence’s Marius Coetzee has confirmed that Oosthuizen and Jackson will only leave the sick bay once the necessary paperwork has been corrected.

“Apparently it was signed for 23 and 27 years respectively instead of 11 and 14 years. So, it makes a difference that if they are incarcerated for more than 20 years because then they go to a different section.”

He also says he’s on track to submit documents to the Supreme Court in a bid to appeal his clients' sentences of 11 and 14 years.

The wives of the two convicts say they hope that the appeals court will review what they see as hefty sentences imposed by the High Court.

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