Maqubela trial unexpectedly postponed

2013-04-22 19:02
Thandi Maqubela (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

Thandi Maqubela (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The Maqubela trial was postponed unexpectedly for a week on Monday, after the defence handed in a copy of a post mortem report from an independent pathologist.

Thandi Maqubela is accused, before Judge John Murphy and assessor Danie Marais, of the murder of her husband Patrick on 5 June 2009, in his luxury Bantry Bay flat.

At the time of his death he was an acting judge in the Western Cape High Court.

His widow and her co-accused, Vela Mabena, allegedly suffocated the judge with a piece of plastic cling wrap placed over his face.

They deny doing so and claim he died from natural causes.

Maqubela also pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud and forgery, for allegedly forging her husband's signature on a false will.

Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo alleges Maqubela fraudulently presented the will to the Johannesburg office of the Master of the High Court.

Defence pathologist Dr Patricia Klepp noted on the report she had been unable to determine the cause of death, due to the advanced stage of decomposition.

Defence lawyer Marius Broeksma said he needed time to consult his client.

The matter was postponed to 29 April.

Read more on:    thandi maqubela  |  vela mabena  |  patrick maqubela  |  cape town

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