- The prominent defence advocate will reportedly lead the appeal process of two Coligny men convicted of murder
- The men were sentenced for throwing a man out of a moving vehicle
- However, the sole witness in the case has now admitted to lying to the court
Advocate Barry Roux will head the appeal process of two men convicted of murder.
The Coligny men were found guilty of killing a teenager over stolen sunflower seeds.
Roux's involvement was confirmed by AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel. Roux, a prominent defence advocate, previously came to national attention after he represented murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius.
The two men, Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte, were convicted of murdering Matlhomola Mosweu on April 20, 2017.
They claimed Mosweu leaped out of the moving vehicle while Doorewaard and Scutte were driving him to the police station. They alleged that Mosweu had stolen sunflower seeds from a farm belonging to their employer.
However, an eyewitness had claimed that Mosweu was thrown out of the car. It was on the basis of this testimony that the court made its decision.
Now it has been alleged that the witness confessed to a priest that he lied about his testimony. This revelation prompted AfriForum to appeal the verdict.
The witness reportedly told The Citizen that he made his testimony under intimidation after he was shown a firearm. He claims he was made to read a prepared statement.
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