Shaw trial: caretaker heard an ‘explosion’

2009-06-03 00:00

THE state and defence will present legal arguments today in the trial of Hilton Shaw (58), who is charged with the murder of his wife Susan at Lake Lyndhurst, a remote estate in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands on June 3, 2007.

Susan Shaw died of a gunshot wound at the couple’s home. Hilton Shaw has denied involvement in the shooting, saying he believes she could have been attacked by an intruder after he left the house for “10 to 15 minutes” in order to use his cellphone.

A caretaker at a neighbouring house, Simon Madlala, was yesterday recalled to the witness stand at the request of the presiding Judge Vivienne Niles-Duner and her assessor.

Madlala testified last year that on the day of the incident, he was painting the roof when he observed “shadows” of what he believed were people moving about in front of the verandah of the Shaws’ house. Towards, 5 pm he heard the sound of an “explosion” or “something being fired”.

A short while later he saw a white bakkie — like the one owned by Shaw — leave the premises.

Judge Niles-Duner asked him yesterday if he had been able to form an impression of what caused the “explosion” he had heard.

Madlala replied that he “had the impression it was the sound of a firearm”. He told the court the wind had been blowing towards him and he’d thought the sound came from “across the lake”.

The case was postponed for argument today.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.