No leave to appeal for plotter

2012-11-27 00:00

POISON plotter Dave Williams (52) was yesterday refused leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence for conspiring to kill his wife.

In her judgment, regional court magistrate Mpume Linda said the court believes the evidence shows Williams was serious about having his wife, Vino, killed and that he had proceeded to plan her killing for a number of years.

But for the intervention of Trevor Madlala, who became “fed up” and concerned about the persistence of the accused in wanting to kill his wife, and alerted the police, he would have continued with his plan.

Linda said the interests of the community also had to be taken into account and a strong message sent that such behaviour would not be allowed.

She said the sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, three of which were suspended, which she imposed on Williams did not induce a sense of shock and had taken all of Williams’s personal circumstances into account.

The magistrate compared Williams’s case with a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA), which confirmed a similar conviction for conspiracy to commit murder and sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment in such a case earlier this year.

Williams was found guilty of having bought what he thought were poisonous capsules that he planned to use to kill his wife, from a police trap.

Vino Williams, who was present at the judgment along with her lawyer, Narain Naidoo, said she was satisfied with the outcome.

Naidoo confirmed that they will bring an application in the high court in the near future to set aside a maintenance order that was granted prior to Williams’s conviction, ordering Vino Williams to pay her estranged husband maintenance and medical cover to the tune of around R12 000 per month.

“We were waiting for the outcome of this application but now that he has been refused leave to appeal the circumstances have changed,” he said.

Vino Williams said after her husband was incarcerated he had written her “about 10” letters in which he had apologised and begged her forgiveness.

Williams’s lawyer, Nasen Naicker, said he was awaiting instructions after yesterday’s verdict as to whether or not Williams will petition the SCA for leave to appeal.

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