Police stop wife’s murder plans

2016-10-25 11:57
Police arrested Petina Philda Coetzee from Kenilworth at Lansdowne train station on Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to have her husband, Austin Coetzee, murdered.

Police arrested Petina Philda Coetzee from Kenilworth at Lansdowne train station on Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to have her husband, Austin Coetzee, murdered.

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Police arrested a 44-year-old woman from Kenilworth on Tuesday for allegedly trying to get her husband killed.

“A conspiracy to commit murder unfolded on the outskirts of Cape Town. Fortunately, swift action by seasoned detectives prevented the assassination of the would-be victim and his 44-year-old wife was arrested,” says Captain FC van Wyk, provincial police spokesperson.

Van Wyk says police arrested Petina Philda Coetzee in a sting operation at Lansdowne train station on Tuesday at 10:10 after she was seen handing over cash to a would-be hitman to have the assassination of her husband, Austin Coetzee, carried out.

“Following information received of allegations of a conspiracy to commit murder, a joint investigation was conducted by the provincial detective unit and the Manenberg serious and violent crimes investigation unit,” says Van Wyk.

The case began after a concerned citizen approached the Manenberg serious and violent crimes investigation unit with the plot. The detectives then went undercover and met with Coetzee.

“It seems as if the woman had clear plans of how and where she wanted her husband to be killed. She could explain to the detectives where she wanted him killed and how it should be done and why in a specific area,” says Captain Ian Bennett, spokesperson of Manenberg police.

He adds the undercover detectives met with the wife on several occasions, discussing methods of assassination and location each time until she was satisfied.

It is believed the woman agreed to pay the “hitman” R200 000, to be paid in instalments after the killing.

“Tuesday the final meeting took place as the husband was supposed to be killed before the weekend. She handed the undercover detectives an undisclosed amount of money,” explains Bennett.

This was the payoff detectives needed in order to swoop in and arrest Coetzee, as well as the “hitman”.

“This was to ensure that the investigation was not compromised and they could interview her on really why she wanted the husband killed,” Bennett adds.
Coetzee appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. She was granted bail of R30 000 yesterday and will appear in court again on 2 December.

“Manenberg’s serious and violent project team has been commended for their professionalism and integrity through this somewhat tedious and complex situation during their investigation. This shows the immense dedication of the Manenberg police project team,” says Bennett.

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