Thandi Maqubela to be sentenced

By Drum Digital
16 March 2015

Thandi Maqubela was expected to be sentenced in the Cape Town High Court on Monday for the murder of her acting judge husband Patrick Maqubela.

In November 2013, Maqubela was found guilty of killing him in June 2009, despite not having conclusive medical evidence pinpointing a cause of death.

She was found guilty of forging her husband's will and committing fraud by causing potential prejudice to his estate.

The judge was based at the Western Cape High Court at the time of his death.

Maqubela was admitted for observation at Valkenberg psychiatric hospital after acting out of character at an appearance in September. At the time, she was dishevelled, confused, and asked to be taken to her husband.

A panel was asked to compile a report on whether she was fit to understand sentencing proceedings. The court granted a postponement to Monday because of a possible challenge to the mental health report.

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