Thandi Maqubela appeals murder conviction, sentence

2017-08-16 12:05
Thandi Maqubela in the Western Cape High Court. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Thandi Maqubela in the Western Cape High Court. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Almost two years have passed since the Western Cape High Court ruled that convicted killer Thandi Maqubela could appeal against the ruling and her sentence.

Judge John Murphy granted her leave to appeal on August 21, 2015.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein heard the case on Tuesday, Netwerk24 reported.

Murphy had sentenced Maqubela, 62, to 15 years’ imprisonment in April 2015 after finding her guilty of murdering her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, who was killed in June 2009.

He also jailed her for three years on charges of forgery and fraud.

She had been found guilty of killing her husband in November 2014, as well as falsifying his signature on his will nine months after his death and committing fraud by possibly benefitting from his will.

Murphy granted her application to appeal the murder conviction and sentence, saying another court might come to a different conclusion.

However, she was denied permission to appeal against the charges of forgery and fraud.

Eric Ntabazalila, a spokesperson for the Director of Public Prosecutions, confirmed that the hearing had taken place, and said judgment was reserved.

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