Maqubela defence clings to counter-theory

2012-09-18 10:48
Thandi Maqubela (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

Thandi Maqubela (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Cape Town - A counter-theory on the use of cling-wrap was presented in the murder trial of acting judge Patrick Maqubela, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

Crime scene investigator Andries Pretorius was asked on Monday whether he was aware it was "common practice" for people to put cling-wrap around their bodies while exercising to lose weight.

Pretorius responded: "Thank you very much. I, myself, need that."

It is the State's case that a long piece of cling wrap was used to suffocate Maqubela before being discarded in a bin in his flat.

His DNA was found on the plastic, as was his wife Thandi's thumbprint and palm print.

Maqubela's body was found in his apartment in Bantry Bay in 2009. His wife and businessman Vela Mabena face charges of murder, fraud and forgery.

The Western Cape High Court was handed an exhibit on Monday of a body toning kit by Forever Living Products, a health company for which both of the accused worked.

Among the items in the box was a roll of cling wrap.

The trial continues on Tuesday.

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