BREAKING: Coffin assault accused sentenced to more than 10 years each

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins during their court appearance for the infamous coffin case yesterday . Photo: Veli Nhlapo
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins during their court appearance for the infamous coffin case yesterday . Photo: Veli Nhlapo

Two men have been sentenced to prison terms of more than 10 years each for abducting Victor Mlotshwa and forcing him into a coffin.

Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen were convicted in August on charges of attempted murder‚ assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and kidnapping.

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Oosthuizen received an effective sentence of 11 years‚ while Jackson will spend 15 years behind bars.

The pair took a video of Mlotshwa being forced into a coffin‚ which sparked national outrage when it hit social media. The video was admitted as evidence by the court during the bail application of the two.

During sentencing arguments‚ prosecutor Robert Molokoane accused Jackson and Oosthuizen of lying about feeling remorse for the crimes.

 

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