Shaw granted leave to appeal

2009-11-11 00:00

HILTON Shaw, who was found guilty of the murder of his wife, Susan, on their remote estate at Fort Nottingham on June 3, 2007, has been granted leave to appeal against his conviction.

Shaw’s attorney, Petrus Coetzee, confirmed yesterday that Shaw was granted leave to appeal against his conviction before a full bench of the KZN High Court after he petitioned the president of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

He said Shaw will only appeal his murder conviction, and not his 12-year jail sentence.

No date has been set yet for the hearing of the appeal, but it is likely to be heard only some time during 2010.

Trial Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner had refused Shaw’s application for leave to appeal when the trial ended in June this year, but she extended his R100 000 bail pending the outcome of his petition to the SCA.

In her judgment, Niles-Duner rejected the possibility that Susan Shaw had committed suicide or been attacked by an intruder, as was suggested by the defence during the trial.

She found Shaw (59) to be a “highly intelligent” and sophisticated person who had considered every aspect and had a “ready answer” for all questions raised in the case.

Evidence revealed that Susan Shaw bled to death from a “contact” bullet wound fired through three layers of clothing directly into the area just above her right armpit.

Forensic pathologist Reggie Perumal said she would have bled to death within 10 to 15 minutes.

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