South Africa & # 39; sunflower murder & # 39; Peasants imprisoned

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Pieter Doorewaard, 28, (L) and Philip Schutte, 35, (R) are waiting for their conviction on March 6, 2019, in front of the Mahikeng High Court in Mahikeng, South Africa.image rights
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Pieter Doorewaard (L) and Philip Schutte await the conviction in Mahikeng

Two white farmers, who accused a black teenager of stealing sunflowers and thrown him out of a van, were convicted in South Africa.

Pieter Doorewaard, 28, and Phillip Schutte, 35, were sentenced to 18 and 23 years in prison for murder and other crimes.

The couple accused 16-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu of stealing $ 5 worth of sunflowers.

The assassination triggered tensions in the city of Coligny in the northwestern province.

Doorewaard and Schutte had said they had struck Matlhomola in the theft and the 16-year-old had jumped out of her van when they took him to the police station in April 2017.

They were brought to trial in October.

Northwest Supreme Court judge Ronnie Hendricks said that although the murder was not deliberate, the men had foreseen that throwing the boy out of a moving truck could result in death.

The judge described the couple's actions as shameful and horrible, reports Nomsa Maseko of the BBC.

The murder has provoked violence in Coligny, says our reporter. Black residents set fire to several shops and houses owned by white people.

The police were sentenced in the court house.