Pretoria wife-killer to be sentenced

2013-05-29 08:41

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Pretoria - A Pretoria geologist convicted of hiring his gardener to murder his ex-wife will be sentenced in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Cobus Prinsloo, 66, was found guilty in January of murdering his ex-wife, air hostess Cordelia Prinsloo, 56, in October 2009 .

The gardener, Lucas Moloi, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2011 after he admitted killing the woman by hitting her twice on the back of the head with a shovel.

The court accepted Moloi's evidence that Prinsloo had offered him R50 000 and a house to commit the murder.

It rejected Prinsloo's version that Moloi had acted on his own, out of anger over his wages and being reprimanded about his work.

The couple's marriage broke down when Prinsloo suspected his wife of having an affair with a pilot, but he initially resisted when she started divorce proceedings.

They were divorced in 2004 after a custody battle, followed by family violence interdicts against one another.

Ill health

Cordelia Prinsloo accused her husband of stealing her firearm, being violent and raping her.

Louis de Klerk, for Cobus Prinsloo, argued that correctional supervision would be a suitable sentence, in view of his clean criminal record, advanced age and ill health.

Prinsloo was previously diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, but is presently in remission.

Prosecutor Neeltje Marriotte argued that Prinsloo deserved life imprisonment for the apparently well-planned, premeditated murder.

She said Prinsloo had hired a poor, uneducated person to kill his ex-wife because he did not want to pay her the money due to her.

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