Hubby guilty of poison murder plot

2012-09-26 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG wife Vino Williams sobbed quietly in the public gallery of the regional court yesterday as her husband of 21 years, Dave Williams (51), was found guilty of having plotted to kill her last year.

Williams himself showed no emotion in the dock as regional magistrate Mpume Linda rejected his version that he had never intended to kill his wife and had bought what he believed were poison capsules from a police agent with the intention of taking his own life.

The court extended Williams’s bail of R10 000 pending sentencing on October 26.

Defence attorney Nasen Naicker asked the court to grant the postponement in order for the defence to obtain a pre-sentencing report from a correctional supervision officer.

State prosecutor Sarel van der Merwe did not oppose the application to extend Williams’s bail pending the finalisation of the case.

Williams left court flanked by two women who told The Witness they were friends who are among a group of people staying with him and who were there to offer him support.

They declined to give their names and said that at this stage they did not wish to comment about the case.

After the judgment an emotional Vino Williams mopped away her tears.

She said she would prefer to comment after sentencing.

She was supported at court by her sister and other members of her family and friends. Her lawyer, Narain Naidoo, said they were pleased with the outcome of the criminal case.

“We are glad that the court saw through the accused’s version and tallied up the evidence in a very systematic manner.”

The verdict would bring finality to the questions in Vino Williams’s mind about whether or not her husband had planned to murder her, he said.

He confirmed that, ironically, his client was still financially supporting Williams pending the finalisation of the couple’s divorce proceedings.

He said she paid him a large monthly sum in maintenance as well as medical aid in terms of a high court order granted earlier this year.

The regional court yesterday accepted the evidence of Dave Williams’s long-time friend, Trevor Madlala, who met him more than 12 years ago.

Madlala testified that at a certain point, way back, Williams confided in him that he wanted to kill his wife because she was “irritating and clingy”.

He said he changed the subject and started talking about cars because he was uncomfortable, but Williams persisted with talk about his desire to kill his wife and repeatedly phoned him to discuss it.

At one stage he changed his cellphone number, but Williams managed to trace his new number during 2009 and persistently raised the issue again.

Madlala eventually went to the police and Captain Tienie Botha arranged for a trap to be set for Williams by Durban Organised Crime Unit member Mack Makhanya who posed as a hitman.

Two meetings in the car park at Makro culminated in Williams paying Makhanya R3 000 in exchange for capsules containing castor sugar, but which he believed were poison, on October 4 last year.

He was arrested immediately.

In her judgment, Linda said Williams had claimed he became depressed and wanted to commit suicide after he had resigned from Msunduzi Municipality and his business failed in 2010.

However, according to Madlala’s evidence, Williams had begun talking about wanting to kill his wife much earlier.

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