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2 Coligny accused found guilty of Matlhomola Moshoeu's murder

Philip Schutte and Pieter Doorewaard have been found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in Coligny in April 2017.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Mathlomola Moshoeu in Coligny at the North West High Court in Mahikeng. Other charges they were found guilty of were kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing of a firearm. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

MAHIKENG - The North West High Court has found two men guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in Coligny.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were charged with kidnapping, intimidation, and murder.

WATCH: Coligny duo found guilty of murdering 16-year-old

The pair claims the teenager jumped off a moving bakkie after they caught him and another teenager stealing sunflowers at the Rietvlei farm.

They say they were driving him to the police station about three kilometres away when he jumped off.

Judge Ronald Hendricks is handing down judgment in the court sitting in Mahikeng.

Judge Ronald Hendricks handed down judgment in the court sitting in Mahikeng on Wednesday afternoon.

“Both accused are found guilty as charged on count one, which is the count of murder, count two kidnapping, count three contraventions of the Intimidation Act 72 of 1992, count four theft and count seven, pointing of a firearm.”

WATCH: Judgment in the Matlhomola Moshoeu trial

‘MOSHOEU WAS PUSHED TO HIS DEATH’

Judge Hendricks has found Doorewaard and Schutte lied about the teenage boy falling off their moving vehicle and that he was in fact pushed to his death.

Hendricks says despite the accused foreseeing that their actions may have resulted in someone’s death, they continued regardless.

The judge says the accused gambled with Moshoeu’s life and evidence suggests they wanted to punish him for theft.

He also had harsh words for police over their poor handling of this case.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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