Rustenburg - Two North West farm workers, convicted of murder, wanted to punish a teenage boy they claim stole sunflower heads from their employer, the North West High Court said on Wednesday.
Delivering judgment, Judge Ronnie Hendricks said Pieter Doorewaard, 27, and Phillip Schutte, 34, gambled with 16-year-old Matlhomola Jonas Mosweu's life when they threw him out of a moving van.
"The evidence also shows a certain motive, to punish the deceased for previous incidents of theft," the judge said.
Hendricks rejected their version that Mosweu jumped out of their moving van while they were taking him to the Coligny police station about 3km away, after they caught him stealing sunflower heads at the Rietvlei farm.
They were found guilty on a charge of murder, kidnapping, intimidation, theft and pointing of a firearm.