Maqubela can appeal conviction for husband's murder

2015-08-21 12:52
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Cape Town – So-called “Black Widow” Thandi Maqubela was on Friday granted leave to appeal her murder conviction by the Western Cape High Court.

Judge John Murphy granted her permission to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal. Her defence indicated that she was likely to apply for bail in the meantime.

She was not granted leave to appeal convictions for fraud and forgery, nor to appeal her jail term.

Maqubela was found guilty in 2013 of the murder of her husband, Western Cape High Court acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

He was found dead on his bed in his Sea Point flat on June 5, 2009, apparently a day after saying he wanted a divorce.

She was also found guilty of forging her husband’s will and committing fraud by causing potential prejudice to his estate.

In March, she was sentenced to an effective 18 years in jail.

During her sentencing in March, the court said Maqubela had lacked empathy and had shown no remorse for her actions.

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