ARTICLES RELATING TO VELA MABENA

Maqubela did not act like an innocent person, judge

2013-11-07 14:52

Thandi Maqubela's suspicious conduct around the time of her husband's death points to an unnatural cause of death, Judge John Murphy says.

Maqubela capable of foul play, judge

2013-11-05 22:45

It is possible that Thandi Maqubela shrouded her dead husband's body with a sheet in his flat, Western Cape High Court Judge John Murphy says.

Maqubela killing could be financially motivated, judge

2013-11-04 21:43

A financial motive could possibly be linked to the premature death of acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, high court Judge John Murphy says.

Maqubela indictment to be amended

2013-08-15 18:14

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that the indictment in the Thandi Maqubela murder trial is to be amended to "better serve" the proper administration of justice.

Maqubela lawyer wants more prep time

2013-08-06 14:23

The trial of Thandi Maqubela, accused of killing her acting judge husband Patrick Maqubela, has been postponed by the Western Cape High Court.

Pathologist testifies in Maqubela case

2013-07-24 20:14

A private pathologist has testified in the murder trial of the wife of acting Judge Patrick Maqubela in the Western Cape High Court.

Maqubela trial unexpectedly postponed

2013-04-22 19:02

The Maqubela trial has been postponed unexpectedly for a week, after the defence handed in a copy of a post mortem report from an independent pathologist.

Sex fax debated in Maqubela case

2013-04-17 21:03

A fax about sex sent to the Western Cape High Court administration during investigations into the death of acting judge Patrick Maqubela has taken centre stage in court.

Maqubela says didn't use husband's phone

2013-04-09 19:52

The murder-accused widow of acting judge Patrick Maqubela did not use his phone the day he was killed to call her co-accused, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela confronted policeman

2013-04-02 15:46

The wife of acting judge Patrick Maqubela confronted a policeman who allegedly blackmailed him with "compromising" pictures, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Will signature could be genuine - expert

2013-03-27 18:37

The signature on acting judge Patrick Maqubela's will is in all possibility not a forgery, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Judge was addicted to sex, court hears

2013-03-25 22:39

Acting judge Patrick Maqubela was diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, a part of which was sex addiction, his widow Thandi Maqubela has told the Western Cape High Court.

Maqubela trial postponed

2013-03-12 20:09

The murder trial of Thandi Maqubela, accused of killing her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, has been postponed by the Western Cape High Court.

Maqubela defence to apply for acquittal

2013-02-19 20:00

Deceased acting judge Patrick Maqubela's widow Thandi and her co-accused Vela Mabena will apply for their acquittal, the court has heard.

Pathologist testifies in Maqubela trial

2013-02-13 19:25

It is unlikely that a genetic heart disease played a role in the death of acting judge Patrick Maqubela, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela declines to testify

2012-10-10 21:08

Thandi Maqubela, charged with the murder of her husband, Western Cape acting judge Patrick Maqubela, has chosen not to testify in her own defence in the Western Cape High Court.

Judge's signature forged - expert

2012-09-10 21:22

A handwriting expert has testified that the wife of slain acting judge Patrick Maqubela tried to forge his signature on his will, a report says.

Maqubela prints found near husband - report

2012-09-05 13:06

The thumb and palm prints of murder accused Thandi Maqubela were allegedly found on a piece of plastic in the flat where the body of her husband was discovered, a report says.

Illness delays judge's murder trial

2012-07-30 19:42

A bout of flu has delayed the resumption of the murder trial in the Western Cape High Court of Thandi Maqubela, the widow of acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

Retired judge takes no prisoners

2011-11-23 22:23

Proceedings in the Maqubela murder trial have brought lively exchanges when retired Western Cape judge Denis van Reenen was called to testify.

Judge testifies on colleague's death

2011-11-21 17:32

Acting Judge Khalapi Moloi has testified that deceased judge Patrick Maqubela had told him on numerous occasions that he wanted to divorce his wife, who is accused of his murder.

Journo questioned judge over affairs

2011-11-17 19:01

An e-mail in which a journalist confronted acting judge Patrick Maqubela about his reputed extra-marital affairs has been handed to the Western Cape High Court.

Maquebela - doctor didn't exclude foul play

2011-11-15 22:32

A doctor felt foul play could not be excluded in the death of acting judge Patrick Maqubela, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Lawyer grills guard in Maqubela trial

2011-11-10 20:32

A security guard has been confronted about irregularities in his testimony about details he gave around the death of acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

Widow told Radebe about judge's affairs

2011-11-02 14:12

The widow of murdered acting judge, Patrick Maqubela, had complained about her husband's love affairs, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has testified.

 

Maqubela judgment postponed

2013-11-06 20:59

Judgment in the murder trial of Thandi Maqubela has been postponed by the Western Cape High Court, because she was suffering from vertigo.

Guard, handyman questioned in Maqubela trial

2013-11-05 18:48

The testimonies of a security guard and handyman, who claimed to have had the last contact with acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, have been questioned by the Western Cape High Court.

Maqubela judgment 220-pages long - judge

2013-11-04 14:22

Judgment in the murder trial of Thandi Maqubela and her business associate is set to take a few days to hand down, high court Judge John Murphy says.

Maqubela amendments 'prejudicial'

2013-08-13 14:45

Thandi Maqubela would have conducted her defence differently had her murder and forgery charges been amended before the trial, her lawyer says.

Maqubela must prove prejudice - judge

2013-08-01 14:28

Thandi Maqubela must prove she will be prejudiced if the charges of murder and forgery against her are amended, the Western Cape High Court has ruled.

Maqubela's death could be natural

2013-04-29 22:26

Natural causes cannot be ruled out in the death of acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela's cross-examination ends

2013-04-18 20:03

The cross-examination of Thandi Maqubela, accused of the alleged murder of her husband acting judge Patrick Maqubela has ended in the Western Cape High Court.

Court hears of judge's unstable widow

2013-04-16 20:13

The trauma of acting judge Patrick Maqubela's death left his widow Thandi Maqubela unstable, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela's SMSes were not 'threatening'

2013-04-02 22:32

Text messages Thandi Maqubela sent to her husband on his extramarital affairs were not threatening, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela wanted revenge - State

2013-04-02 14:04

Acting judge Patrick Maqubela's wife wanted revenge after finding out about his extramarital affairs, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Signature on Maqubela's will analysed

2013-03-27 17:13

If two signatures are identical, one of them is extremely likely to be a forgery, a handwriting analyst has told the Western Cape High Court.

Maqubela shocked at husband's SMSes

2013-03-19 22:15

Murder-accused Thandi Maqubela was shocked to read SMS messages her late husband sent to a lover in Bloemfontein, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela acquittal application dismissed

2013-03-07 17:34

The Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application for the acquittal of Thandi Maqubela, who is on trial for the alleged murder of her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

Maqubela widow shocked over probe

2013-02-18 22:23

Deceased judge Patrick Maqubela's widow Thandi appeared shocked to hear an inquest into her husband's death had changed to a murder investigation, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Thandi Maqubela statment ruled admissible

2012-10-11 22:28

A statement made to the police by the widow of deceased acting judge Patrick Maqubela was admissible evidence against her, the Western Cape High Court has ruled.

Judge's death appeared natural - cop

2012-10-09 21:36

Acting judge Patrick Maqubela was initially thought to have died from a heart attack, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

No forced entry into judge's flat - cop

2012-09-05 21:56

There was no forced entry into acting Judge Patrick Maqubela's apartment, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Murdered judge made calls to suspects

2012-08-13 20:46

The Western Cape High Court has heard that acting judge Patrick Maqubela had been in touch with the woman and man later accused of murdering him.

Maqubela trial: State concludes evidence

2011-12-01 20:55

The State has finished leading evidence on cellphone records in the trial of a businessman and the widow of Western Cape High Court judge Patrick Maqubela, a report says.

Friend sought to spare judge's widow

2011-11-22 22:35

After finding acting Judge Patrick Maqubela dead, a family friend told his widow he was still looking for him to spare her the shock, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Court hears of mystery call about judge

2011-11-17 21:31

A mysterious telephone call falsely informed acting judge Patrick Maqubela's secretary that the judge was in Groote Schuur Hospital, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Condoms found in deceased judge's robe

2011-11-17 16:30

Erection tablets and a box of condoms were found in a pocket of a dead judge's court robes, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Maqubela: Guard 'sick to his stomach'

2011-11-14 15:09

The sight of acting Judge Patrick Maqubela lying dead on his bed at The President Suites in Bantry Bay made security guard Mark Benjamin "feel sick to his stomach".

Court hears how dead judge was found

2011-11-08 21:17

Police found the body of acting judge Patrick Maqubela, covered in a sheet in the main bedroom of his luxury apartment, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Slain judge's will in question

2011-11-01 16:26

High Court litigation is underway to have the alleged forged will of slain acting judge Patrick Maqubela declared invalid.

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