Court hears man's plot to kill 'lazy' wife

2012-09-06 10:31

Pietermaritzburg - The case of a man accused of plotting to poison his wife turned into a real-life whodunnit thriller when the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court played a video tape of a chilling conversation between him and an undercover police officer posing as a hitman.

The conversation between David Williams, 51, and the police agent he believed was a hitman has detailed why he wanted his wife of 22 years removed from his life as speedily as possible.

The court on Wednesday viewed footage in which Williams told the police agent he had “had enough” of his wife. “I have had enough. I have had this for 22 years and I… just want out of it. I want it over and done with fucking as soon as possible. I will get the deposit. Do it and I will pay you up and we’re square.”

Williams is seen and heard telling a policeman who posed as a hitman, and the friend he allegedly enlisted to help him carry out his plan to kill his wife, Trevor Madladla.

'Driving me up the wall'

“I mean it is in my interests… that this gets done and the sooner the fucking better because, hey, she is driving me up the wall - I promise you,” he said in the recordings played to the court. “She is just driving me up the wall and this man the other day asked me would divorce not be a solution, but divorce would not be a solution because then everything gets shared and you have to - you know, the house and everything - you know will be mine,” he continued.

The conversation took place in Williams’s blue BMW in the parking lot at Makro on September 26 last year.

The trio also discussed a fee of R10 000 and whether a shooting and staged hijacking or poisoning would be best.

Williams said at one point that he liked the “tablet route”, but it would depend whether it would be detectable in an autopsy. When the “hitman” suggested it would be “quicker with a gun”, Williams said it was up to him. “If you decide that, then that is fine… it must be done, but it must be done quickly. As soon as you have got your deposit, I want it done and finished.”

Williams told the men his wife was “lazy”, saying that she would be watching TV and tell him to give her the remote. “There is the remote there. She cannot fucking stretch out and pick up the remote,” he said.

There was also the “white/Indian conflict” such as the fact that Indians were “conservative in their dressing” and their daughter liked to wear shorts. “I am just tired of it,” said Williams.


Williams said that at one stage that it wouldn’t be easy for him to get a deposit because all money he made went into his wife’s account, and if he made a withdrawal it would reflect on her phone.

He urged the men to wait until the end of the month so that he could “organise” a deposit.

During a meeting on October 4, Williams is seen exchanging R3 000 cash for six capsules in a plastic money bag and discussing how he should administer them. He was told to be careful and not to touch the capsules with bare hands, and that the powder in the capsules would dissolve in liquid or food.

“Well, she is always getting me to give her something to drink, so that will be easy,” he said.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to murder his wife, Vino.

The defence indicated that Williams alleges he wanted poison to commit suicide, not to kill his wife.

The case is proceeding.

  • talana.basson - 2012-09-06 10:46

    the evidence is againts you idiot. phff. pills for suicide

      sean.otto.9 - 2012-09-06 11:35

      22 years !!! If he had shot her the day they got married he would have been a free man already.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-06 11:43

      This borders on hillarious!!!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-06 11:57

      The question I ask myself is how many staged murders by those close to the victims or those eliminating competition took place in this country? Murders we considered to be hijackings, robberies, etc? Unfortunately we will never know.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 12:13

      @ thabang -- wow never thought of it that way? Now that raises a few questions?

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-09-06 10:57

    Weak stupid greedy bastard .... rot in jail !

  • twist.cas - 2012-09-06 11:01

    Bloody idiot, why can't u divorce her. Now u are going to jail and she will get everything.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-06 11:06

    I see man abuse before the plot to kill here!!!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-06 11:15

      That's a probability, For him to keep saying he's had enough tells yo something

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-09-06 11:09

    The beautiful thing about SA is that you marry the person you chose and if you want to leave you can leave,he made that choice on his own 20 years ago and she had been lazy from day one,he should have left a long time ago, this is just nonsense. He must just go to jail.mxm, idiot.

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-06 11:15

    Well if you could kill people because they are lazy then all our useless politicians would have been dead long ago.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-06 11:43

      Not a bad idea

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-06 11:53

      Hahaha very funny,Mazibuko?

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-06 11:20

    That's one fed up bra right there.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 11:21

    DUDE! Divorce is not illegal in SA. So what if she got half? With what you just did, she is going to get everything. You silly bafoon. It all would have been less stressfull to just file for divorce.

      melinda.botha.75 - 2012-10-29 16:14

      so true what an ass

  • lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-09-06 11:27

    you married ur wife through all the things that you promised... coward.. i bet you had lots to do with the way your marrige turned out... always the wife... never the man... after 22 years of marrige and you want out... not with divorce but with murder... lmga. why did you marry a indian lady if you werent prepared to live with her tradition... you a big fat joke...

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-06 11:49

    This should serve as a warning to all lazy people. Better start putting in some effort.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-06 12:14

      lol. If only we could do this to a few politians hey? Oh & a few work collegues? LOL

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-09-06 12:13

    My wife telling me to give her a Remote rhaaa. I will also plan something.

  • collen.vinjwa - 2012-09-06 12:56

    A Xhosa guy would have sold da house while she in and disappeared...u jst did not have 2 kill her bro!

  • lskosana3 - 2012-09-06 13:07

    It takes two to tango, there's more to this than a man just wanting to kill his wife for being 'lazy'. She sounds like a pain in the neck!

  • shenzi.kubala - 2012-09-06 13:34

    A woman should serve the man not the other way round, just another example of how the western white apartheid culture is corrupting our african values. Get rid of the white scum - 2012-09-06 15:03

      Someone should serve you a boot up the backside for talking nonsense !!!!

      catherineangelique.swarts - 2012-09-06 23:04

      O u are such a racist pig!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-09-06 23:42

      What values..? Go take your Meds and shut up you chauvinist hog

      lesego.boikanyo.79 - 2012-09-07 07:06

      Uyagula wena qha.

  • mandi.dungwa - 2012-09-06 14:05

    get that remote yourself, lol

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-09-06 14:28

    Hang this man and his wife who cares

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-09-06 15:13

    hilarious!!...ND I thought only woman came up with such ideas..**jst saying**

  • yusufchinyengetere - 2012-09-06 18:19

    buy pills for suicide, kill someone because he or she is lazy....hahahaha dude you such a joke, hahaha what a gona rot in jail, she is going to get everything

  • susanna.smit.7 - 2012-09-06 19:28

    At least he is willing to do something about his situation although planning murder isn't very constructive.

  • Zaba - 2012-09-07 04:53

    Shame poor man!! No one talks abt men abuse. It is thr. He should have taken the tablet and die rather.

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-09-07 06:31

    Its really shocking that this is a true story cos I can't help it but laugh. Like she must have really been lazy, lol ya ne

  • Derriq Ndlovu - 2014-05-16 12:11

    ...but to kill her. I think he's also a lazy thinker.

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