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Maqubela: Defence gets more time

2012-10-25 19:33

Cape Town - The murder trial of Thandi Maqubela and Vela Mabena, accused of killing acting judge Patrick Maqubela, was on Thursday postponed in the Western Cape High Court to next month.

Defence lawyer Marius Broeksma asked for the month-long postponement to give him time to consult his own expert before he cross-examined the forensic pathologist.

No witnesses testified and Judge John Murphy postponed the trial.

The two are accused of murdering Maqubela by suffocating him with cling wrap on 5 June 2009.

Maqubela's body was discovered in his luxury Bantry Bay apartment two days later.

The acting judge's widow Thandi contends that her husband died of natural causes.

On Wednesday, Dr Sipho Mfolozi testified that he conducted a post-mortem the day after the acting judge's body was found.

He told the court he was unable to determine Maqubela's cause of death.

But he ruled out natural causes, as there had been a haemorrhage in the acting judge's lungs as a result of a "pressure injury".

The trial was scheduled to continue on 26 November.