Coligny murder: Doorewaard gets 18-year sentence, 23 years for Schutte

Pieter Doorewaard has been sentenced to an effective 18 years in prison for the murder of Coligny teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The two men convicted of the murder of Coligny teenager Matlhomola Moshoeu have been sentenced to an effective 18 and 23 years behind bars respectively.

Peiter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte were convicted of the 2017 murder of Moshoeu last year after accusing him of stealing sunflowers from a farm.

They have also been sentenced for kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing a firearm, which will run concurrently.

Schutte and Doorewaard will spend 23 years and 18 years in prison respectively for pushing Moshoeu off a moving van in 2017, which resulted in his death.

Judge Ronald Hendricks has described their actions towards Moshoeu, and the State's sole witness Bonakele Pakisi, as disgraceful.

Hendricks says that he also took into consideration the effects of their actions on the community of Coligny and the 15-year-old’s family.

He says that Moshoeu’s death has had devastating effects on his family.

Hendricks says that the pair’s actions have also left the community of Coligny polarised.

The judge says while Doorewaard and Schutte may have not have planned to kill the teenager, they foresaw the results of their actions.

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