Man jailed for plotting to kill wife

2012-11-05 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG man Dave Williams (52) has gone to prison for plotting to kill his wife of 21 years.

Williams was on Friday sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, of which three years were conditionally suspended by regional court magistrate Mpume Linda.

He was taken to the cells to start serving his sentence immediately without noting an application for leave to appeal, or an extension of his bail.

His attorney, Nasen Naicker, told The Witness that his client had expected to receive a wholly suspended jail sentence.

Naicker said he was awaiting funds and instructions from a relative of Williams as to whether he would proceed with an application for leave to appeal his conviction and sentence.

“I do believe that this is an appealable decision based on the fact that the magistrate applied her mind objectively only and not subjectively by putting herself in the accused’s position,” said Naicker.

Williams’s defence was that he had bought what he believed were poisonous capsules from a police trap because he planned to use them to commit suicide.

He claimed in evidence he had only pretended they were to kill his wife, Vino, because he didn’t believe that his friend, Trevor Madlala, would have helped him to kill himself.

Vino Williams’s attorney, Narain Naidoo of Siva Chetty and Company, said the high court would be approached to request that it set aside its earlier ruling that Vino Williams was to pay her husband’s maintenance and medical aid, pending the finalisation of divorce proceedings.

He said the divorce action had been instituted by Dave Williams, and not by his client.

“I will consult counsel immediately with a view to varying the order because he is now in prison and his circumstances are different.”

He said Vino Williams was still feeling very emotional over her husband’s betrayal.

The most chilling factor in the case was the length of time he had been planning to kill his wife, he said. “The planning started in 2009.”

The magistrate had regard to the premeditation involved, as well as pre-sentencing reports obtained from a correctional supervision officer and a probation officer.

The reports indicate that Williams still maintains his innocence and does not show remorse.

The regional court previously accepted the evidence of Williams’s long-time friend, Trevor Madlala,who said Williams confided in him that he wanted to kill his wife because she was “irritating and clingy”.

He said he changed the subject and started talking about cars because he was uncomfortable, but Williams persisted with the talk about his desire to kill his wife and repeatedly phoned him to discuss it.

At one stage he changed his cellphone number, but Williams managed to trace his new number during 2009 and persistently raised the issue again.

Madlala eventually went to the police and Captain Tienie Botha arranged for a trap to be set for Williams by Durban Organised Crime Unit member Mack Makhanya who posed as a hitman.

Two meetings in the car park at Makro culminated in Williams paying Makhanya R3 000 in exchange for capsules containing castor sugar, but which he believed were poison, on October 4 last year.

He was arrested immediately.

Williams testified that he had been depressed and wanted to commit suicide after he resigned from Msunduzi Municipality and his business venture failed.

However, Linda said that according to Madlala, the plan to kill his wife was discussed long before then.

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