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Gauteng man guilty of killing wife

2012-08-21 22:18

Pretoria - A Bronkhorstspruit liquor shop manager who killed his wife by breaking her neck and repeatedly stabbing her was convicted of her murder by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The court rejected the evidence of Albert van Vuuren that he had no recollection of the night in July 2010 when his wife Monica was murdered.

A pathologist testified that she was stabbed 25 times and had a broken neck and jaw.

Her death was caused by a spinal injury and stab wounds to both sides of her chest, which penetrated her heart and caused her lungs to collapse.

Van Vuuren told the court he drank a tranquilliser with liquor that night and could not remember what had happened.

He said his friend Gordon McCallum's evidence that he had confessed to killing his wife could not be true because he "was not a murderer".

Divorce

He testified he was "happy" when his wife served him with divorce papers, because they had a loveless marriage.

Judge Elizabeth Kubushi rejected this.

She said Van Vuuren would not have testified that he had hoped to sort things out with his wife if he welcomed the divorce.

She said there was no reason to reject McCallum's evidence.

McCallum admitted to having been institutionalised for bipolar disorder, but remained firm that Van Vuuren had woken him in the middle of the night and confessed to killing his wife.

The first police officer at the scene found Van Vuuren sitting in the kitchen with blood dripping from an unexplained wound on his hand and his wife lying dead on the kitchen floor.

His wife's blood was found on the jeans he was wearing that night.

Shoddy investigation

Kubushi chastised the police for a shoddy investigation and for failing to collect vital evidence at the murder scene, which meant that the whole truth would never be revealed.

The murder scene had not been protected, and had already been cleaned by the time the police went back to the scene the next day.

Although there was evidence of blood all over the house, no effort was made to collect any forensic evidence or to find out who had cleaned the house.

Sentencing proceedings begin on 30 August.

Van Vuuren's bail was extended.

Comments
  • margarita.barnard.5 - 2012-08-22 00:52

    So there is no forensic evidence that he killed his wife, and only secondhand testimony from someone who "says" this guy killed his wife, yet he is convicted of murder. What an insane travesty of justice, seems to me white men often end up in jail nowadays if their wife dies in what could have been home invasions. I remember a while back a man who was jailed managed to get a forensic specialist from the US to come to SA to look at the evidence against him and they had to set him free since two robbers killed her, just like the husband said in court. Yet a police forensic specialist said the blood on his clothes proved he killed her himself. I wonder how many innocent white men rot in jail by now? There was also the man who said he and his wife were attacked and he was stabbed in the stomach and nearly died, his wife did die, nevertheless he was jailed for her murder. What is going on here? Is the law being used like a slut to persecute a certain ethnic group? The whites?

      Xolile.namane - 2012-08-22 02:26

      Are u serious?????????????

      DJPotifar - 2012-08-22 07:43

      You need to open your eyes lady. It's not always about race.

      garthandjackie - 2012-08-22 08:49

      Are you for real? Please tell me there are not people like you on this planet anymore! Heavens!!!!!

      logical007 - 2012-08-22 09:42

      You reading to many Patricia Cornwell novels... Try Alex Kava instead - Far better read! I have never heard such none sense as what you have just typed??? Conspiracy 101??

      Bonginkosi Ngubane - 2012-08-22 12:28

      what have been smoking!!!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-22 14:43

      margarita, you can't be serious. Get over yourself. Of course the idiot killed his wife. She wanted a divorce ! He was rejected !

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-22 18:42

      Margarita, you must have been living in a cocoon all your life. Wahahahahahaha!

  • danwill.theys - 2012-08-22 04:20

    @magarita lmfao hahahaha damn it you made my day you should do standup

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-22 09:27

    send this bastaaard to dark cell and throw the away

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