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'No proof' wife killed farmer husband

2012-05-25 09:03

Bloemfontein - A Kimberley woman who is accused of killing her husband, a wealthy farmer, was released on her own recognisance by a local court.

Volksblad reported that Nico Botha was shot dead two years ago in his farmhouse.

Initial reports indicated a suicide but his wife Glaudina Botha, 62, was later arrested on suspicion of murder as her husband was found to have been shot twice in the head.

But a magistrate said the case against Botha was circumstantial and that there was no proof that she had planned a murder.  

Botha’s legal defence said during the bail application that money was no motive for the murder as the family was wealthy and there were no financial problems.

He said the assumption that two shots indicated a premeditated act, should be rejected.  

He said Botha was under tremendous strain; that there was a lot of tension in the family and that Botha was not speaking to her daughter who was currently living in the US.

Comments
  • John - 2012-05-25 09:11

    think she did it.

      Martin - 2012-05-25 09:24

      How do you shoot yourself twice in the head ?....somehow I dont think he did it....who knows whether the wife is involved, but somebody else is surely

      Janice - 2012-05-25 10:03

      @procold, I think she did it too!!!!!

      Mmannyo - 2012-05-25 10:31

      boyfriend magistrate?

      Marion - 2012-05-25 11:11

      For all of those who say it is impossible to shoot yourself in the head twice when committing suicide, do a bit of googling. It is rare, but it is possible e.g. Multiple suicidal gunshots to the head. Jacob B, Barz J, Haarhoff K, Sprick C, Wörz D, Bonte W. Source Institute of Legal Medicine, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, F.R.G. Abstract We report two cases of suicide by multiple gunshots to the head. The first victim (of two shots) fired the first shot, which was observed, into his mouth, leading to damage to the left optic nerve and frontal lobe. The man still was able to drive his car home, where he shot himself in his right temple. He died 2 days later. The second victim (of three shots) was a 58-year-old man who was found dead on his bed. Reconstruction of the case disclosed that the first shot had passed through his tongue and slightly damaged the second cervical vertebral body. He then shot himself in his right temple, leading to damage of the temporal lobe. Finally, he shot himself in his left temple, resulting in destruction of the pons. In the first case, an amateurishly modified 8-mm blank revolver firing 6.35-mm- (.25)-caliber ammunition was used; in the second case, a rifle firing 5.6-mm (.22)-caliber ammunition with a reduced charge was used. In both cases, low-energy transfer to brain tissue by the initial bullets was due to low bullet energy or due to the bullets' missing the brain or vital centers.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-25 09:24

    2 shots to the head would seem to indicate something other than suicide..... "money was no motive", questionable logic.... just because the family was wealthy and had no financial problems doesn't exclude a "money" motive.... I think we're looking at poor investigation here

  • Marion - 2012-05-25 09:28

    Maybe it is possible to shoot oneself twice in the head if you aren't holding the gun correctly? 'Eating' the barrel is the only way I know that you are almost 100% sure of killing yourself. Anything else, to my knowledge, doesn't work quite as effectively.

      Heinz - 2012-05-25 09:37

      No, you won't be able to squeeze the trigger for the second time, unless you use a small caliber, low velocity weapon. Eating the barrel will cause chipped teeth and a massive constipation...

      Marion - 2012-05-25 09:43

      @Heinz - roflmfao - you know what I meant by that.

      Gerhard - 2012-05-25 09:44

      Eating the barrel is 100% effective? How do you know? Have you tried the others? It is quite clear that it is n ot suicide. You cannot shoot yourself in the head twice! The could be other motives than money. Shoddy police work it seems.

      Marion - 2012-05-25 10:02

      @Gerhard - did you miss the word 'almost'?

      tshepo.ally - 2012-05-25 13:00

      lol, Heinz, that's just hillarious!! *hysterics*

      Heinz - 2012-05-25 13:55

      It reminds me of the joke about the drug lord that was murdered. He had 47 stab wounds, 102 gunshot wounds and his hands were tied behind his back with barbed wire. Mexican police say that it's the worst suicide that they've ever seen....

  • Terry - 2012-05-25 09:33

    Consider this! While I was a policeman in Welkom in the early 70s, I got called out to a suicide where a middle aged woman had locked herself in her room and shot herself 3 TIMES with a .22 pistol in the chest! After each shot, she had to manually reload the pistol, as it was a single shot target shooting pistol!On my arrival she was not yet dead...but died a little later! We have heard of people shot in the head who lived! How bad can it be to be locked up for murder because your husband committed suicide! Do not know the woman.

      kevin.pengelly.7 - 2012-05-25 09:46

      Hey Terry, I must agree, I was a cop in Kirstenhof in the 80's and a guy shot himself on a field, in full view of a lady and her young daughter, didnt die, and fired again. OK, it was a 6.35 pistol, but he managed do do it twice, successfully the second time. Calibre and trajectory are the factors.

  • Thato King Lemme - 2012-05-25 09:39

    This is just pure madness there is no way in this world where one can shoot them self twice in the head i smell a rat here! money can buy almost anything.

  • wayne.bayman - 2012-05-25 09:56

    If the fire pin on a pistol is not 100% retracted after a shot a pistol can go off twice in such rapid succession that the person fireing wont even notice it. Most semi-automatic weapons for that matter. On the other side, upon sudden impact to your brain your body might spasm and that could also have caused the gun to go off twice.

  • elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-25 09:58

    Not really possible to shoot yourself in the head twice is it??

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-05-25 13:15

      Yes it is possible to shoot yourself twice. Shot in the head does not imply shot in the brain. If the brain was not damaged in the first shot a second one is more than likely.

  • Jon - 2012-05-25 10:09

    not true...... police have found a body with seventeen stab wounds. spokesman for the police said that it was the worst case of suicide they had ever seen

      Marion - 2012-05-25 10:25

      lol

  • odupreez - 2012-05-25 10:31

    Dumb Lawyer, money not an issue because they were wealthy, it all depends on the marital contract, she may not have had a cent if there was a possible divorce ??, If the evidence can not prove her guilt then she should go free, without stupid agrument.

  • basie.pretorius - 2012-05-25 10:50

    People what do you know the first shot was unsuscessful because it did not hit the brain and he had to try a second time

  • mbuso.tholly - 2012-05-25 10:56

    here in mzansi women always get away with murder especially when their husbands are rich bt when men is suspected of killing he cn even rot in jail for crimes he never committed is dat fair?to all men who r brutaly killed 4 their hard earned money

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-05-25 10:58

    This time it was DIY.

  • Napolita - 2012-05-25 10:58

    "Botha’s legal defence said during the bail application that money was no motive for the murder as the family was wealthy and there were no financial problems." Wow...what does that mean? Why talk about money of all other possible motives, if any? And wait, "...motive for the murder..."? Which murder is the lawyer talking about since he is representing his client on an innocent basis?!? OR does he know that the death was a result of murder? Sometimes the less one say, the better!

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-25 14:11

    Arme vrou, she has been listening to Mal-Ema too often.... ag shame!!!

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-05-26 10:34

    Before people start fighting this case in the news media, in this case the SAPS clearly did not even bother to investigate the evidence and immediately arrested the widow, without, as the court said, any proof whatsoever. It's far too often that the relatives of Afrikaners are arrested for their murder - there are many such incidents over the past decade and the majority of these arrests were found to be unsubstantiated. Meanwhile these people were dumped in prison cells, physically maltreated, traumatised by losing their relatives and then getting dragged into courts and being forced to spend their money on legal expenses - and often ostracised by their families.

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