Maqubela trial hits snag

2013-04-09 14:41
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Cape Town - The murder trial of acting judge Patrick Maqubela's wife was delayed in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The State continued cross-examining Thandi Maqubela, but had to stop when she was asked to look at her detailed cellphone records for 4 June 2009.

She could not find the exhibit, and the court adjourned for her defence team to bring the relevant documents to court.

Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena have pleaded not guilty to killing the judge on 5 June2009.
Maqubela maintains he died of natural causes in his Sea Point apartment.

She has also pleaded not guilty to charges of forgery and fraud, which relate to his will.

She testified earlier on Tuesday morning that she could not remember whether she contacted Mabena first or if he contacted her first, about her trip to Cape Town on 3 June 2009.

She apparently arranged to meet Mabena that Thursday to hand over a book he wanted, but something else had come up.

"I'm not denying I called Mabena, but I don't know the sequence [of calls]. I phoned Mabena at some stage and he phoned me," she said.

- SAPA

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