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State wants life sentences for Coligny teen’s murderers

Arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence have now wrapped up in the High Court in the North West.

Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte in the North West High Court in Mahikeng on 31 January 2019 ahead of their sentencing. The duo was found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Matlhomola Moshoeu in Coligny. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

COLIGNY - The State in the murder case of Coligny teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu has argued his murderers deserve life behind bars because they continued to lie despite overwhelming evidence against them.

Arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence have now wrapped up in the High Court in the North West.

Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte were convicted of Moshoeu’s murder back in 2017 after accusing him of stealing sunflowers worth R80 from a farm.

Advocate Rapula Molefe has argued Doorewaard and Schutte had no regard for Moshoeu life as he was killed for a mere R80 worth of sunflowers.

She says the convicted murderers failed to come clean about what really transpired on that fateful day and didn’t take the court into their confidence.

He’s described the killing of the 16-year-old as a violent and barbaric crime, adding that the pair took the law into their own hands.

Judgment has been reserved until March.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)