Tears as judge de­nies cof­fin at­tack­ers bail

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Naledi Shange

IT was an emo­tional sight as one of the wives of the two farm work­ers con­victed of try­ing to kill Vic­tor Mlotshwa wept silently in the court gallery fol­low­ing her hus­band’s failed bail bid in the Mid­del­burg High Court yes­ter­day.

Theo Jack­son and Willem Oosthuizen were try­ing to get bail pend­ing the out­come of their pe­ti­tion to the Supreme Court of Ap­peal, where they want to chal­lenge their con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

De­liv­er­ing her judg­ment‚ Judge Se­gopotje Mphahlele said the two had failed to raise any new ev­i­dence since the last time they ap­peared be­fore her.

“I am still of the view that there are no rea­son­able prospects for this ap­peal‚” Mphahlele said.

Out­side court‚ Mlotshwa de­scribed the process of com­ing to see his at­tack­ers as emo­tion­ally tax­ing.

How­ever, he will be push­ing for­ward with his civil claim against the men. He plans to sue them for R400 000 for emo­tional trauma and hu­mil­i­a­tion.

Jack­son and Oosthuizen have been be­hind bars for a lit­tle more than a month af­ter they were found guilty on a string of charges, in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping‚ as­sault and the at­tempted mur­der of Mlotshwa.

The men were ar­rested af­ter a video they took of them­selves forc­ing Mlotshwa into a cof­fin as he begged for his life went vi­ral.

They threat­ened to put a snake in the cof­fin and burn Mlotshwa alive.

Dur­ing the trial‚ the men said they had been try­ing to scare Mlotshwa.

They claimed they had caught him in pos­ses­sion of stolen ca­bles and Mlotshwa had threat­ened to burn their crops and harm their fam­i­lies should they take him to the po­lice.

Mlotshwa de­nied steal­ing or mak­ing threats and said the men had at­tacked him sud­denly as he waited to hitch­hike to town.

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