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Coligny murder: Community disappointed with sentences

The pair have also been sentenced for kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing a firearm which will run concurrently with their terms for murder.

Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte appear in the North West High Court for their sentencing. The pair was found guilty of killing 16-year-old Mathlomola Moshoeu in Coligny. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

NORTH WEST - The community of Coligny says it's disappointed with the sentences handed to the two men convicted of the 2017 murder of Matlhomola Mosheou.

The High Court in the North West on Thursday sentenced Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte to an effective 18 and 23 years behind bars respectively after they accused the teenager of stealing sunflowers and pushed him off a moving van.

The pair have also been sentenced for kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing a firearm which will run concurrently with their terms for murder.

Coligny community members said they were expecting the High Court in the North West to hand down a hefty sentence to convicted murderers Schutte and Doorwaard.

Community leader Stanny Nyakama said: “We all were yearning for a life sentence but we need to understand that the law will consider all the other factors around this case.”

However, Nyakama said they respect the court’s decision: “The bottom line is, they are going to prison.”

A disappointed Anges Mosheou stood up and left the courtroom straight after the judge read out the sentences to the men who murdered her son.

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COLIGNY RESIDENTS UNFAZED BY AFRIFORUM

The community of Coligny said despite lobby group AfriForum’s intention to appeal Wednesday’s sentences handed to Schutte and Doorewaard, they have faith that the State’s sole witness told the truth.

Residents said they stood behind the State’s sole witness Bonakele Pakisi who saw what happened on the day Moshoeu was murdered.

Nyakama said they have faith that the courts will uphold the sentences handed to the pair.

“[AfriForum] They can do whatever they want, this sentence will stay.”

At the same time, the National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the sentences handed to Schutte and Doorewaard.

The provincial acting spokesperson in the North West Tembeka Mbadu said: “We would be happy if we had life sentences but after listening carefully to the judge, we have accepted that the sentences that the court has given are appropriate.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)