Killer wife to know fate Friday

2015-12-10 06:00

The so-called “Black Widow”, Thandi Maqubela, convicted of killing her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, will have to wait until Friday to hear whether she will be able to spend Christmas with her family.

On Tuesday, her lawyer Thomas Tyler argued in the Western Cape High Court that she should be given bail pending an appeal of her murder conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

It emerged that she also intended to appeal her concurrent three-year jail terms for fraud and forgery, related to her husband’s will.

The State argued her appeals had little prospect of success and that she had not shown her release was in the interest of justice.

The same court found Maqubela guilty of killing Patrick Maqubela in June 2009, despite not having conclusive medical evidence pinpointing a cause of death.

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