Acquitted once, arrested again

2008-07-25 00:00

Theresa Marx, an Estcourt woman who was charged with arranging her husband’s murder in 2003, has been arrested and is in custody again, this time on charges of allegedly conspiring to murder her fiancé in Polokwane, Limpopo. Marx was acquitted of the previous charge.

Police spokesman in Polokwane, Inspector Lesiba Ramoshaba, said he was unable to confirm allegations Weekend Witness has heard from other sources detailing the plot that Marx allegedly hatched to murder her alleged fiancé, due to the sensitivity of the investigation.

Marx (32) was arrested recently along with three men after members of the Organised Crime Unit in Polokwane uncovered the alleged plot to kill the man, whom Ramoshaba declined to name at this stage.

Her co-accused are Rick Joubert (25) and Stefan Potgieter (36) of Polokwane and Louw Wepenaar (38) of Pretoria.

According to sources, her co-conspirators were to receive money for making the murder look like an accident. But one of the accused allegedly got cold feet and confessed the plot to the police.

Weekend Witness is unable to reveal more details at this stage.

Joubert, Wepenaar and Potgieter were released on bail of R7 500 and will appear in court again on October 22.

Marx has been sent for mental observation at a local hospital and remains in custody.

She may not be able to appear at her court remand date of August 6, said Ramoshaba, because she is under mental observation.

In September 2003, Marx was dramatically arrested 10 minutes before her husband Karel was buried, on charges of arranging his murder. She pleaded not guilty.

Karel Marx, a prison warder at Estcourt prison, was shot through the neck in an open field one night as he and Marx walked home. The state’s main witness, Siyabonga Msomi, now serving a 22-year jail term along with two co-accused, told the court he helped her kill Marx as he felt sorry for her after she stripped off her clothes and showed him bruises that she said Karel had inflicted on her.

He said Theresa Marx planned the murder and convinced him and his co-accused to execute it.

Msomi was a former instructor at Marx’s modelling school in Estcourt and said he had become her friend.

The state alleged that Marx offered Msomi R10 000 to kill Karel.

Marx was eventually acquitted in April 2005. Friends of the family expressed disappointment at her acquittal at the time, saying the justice system had failed.

Marx released a statement after her acquittal, saying that she thanked God.

“God be with you, as he has been with me, and always will be.”

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