Maintenance shock for ‘hit victim’

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ABOVE: David Williams claims he needs the maintenance his wife is paying him to provide a home for their daughter.

It sounds like a cruel joke. Your husband is arrested on charges of conspiring to murder you. Then he sues you for divorce – and you’re ordered to pay him maintenance!

It sounds ridiculous but that’s the situation Vinoo Williams of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal finds herself in.

Her estranged husband, David, is accused of offering a policeman whom he believed was a hitman R12 000 to kill his wife on 4 October 2011. The case will be heard soon.

He began divorce proceedings in April and, even though the divorce hasn’t been finalised, a Pietermaritzburg high court judge has ordered Vinoo to pay him maintenance of R10 000 a month in the meantime.

The reason? The couple were married in community of property and Vinoo was the family breadwinner.

Because she kicked him out of the house after she found about the alleged murder-for-hire saga he’s unemployed and homeless.

YOU’s Sulaiman Philip spoke to Vinoo and David. Read his interview in YOU 14 June 2012.

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