24- 26 Marzo 2015
‘MAQUBELA HAS THE POTENTIAL TO KILL ANOTHER PARTNER’
Thandi Maqubela was convicted of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in 2009.
CAPE TOWN – A social worker on Tuesday told the Western Cape High Court that although convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela wasn’t a danger to society at large, she had the potential to kill another intimate partner.
Maqubela was convicted in 2013 of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in 2009. She also forged his will and made herself the executor.
Social worker Arina Smit, testifying for the defence last week, recommended a suspended sentence or periodical imprisonment.
Smit said she believed Maqubela was a low-risk offender but under intense cross-examination during sentencing proceedings on Tuesday, she conceded that Maqubela could kill another intimate partner.
But she specified that reoffending would depend on the dynamics of any future relationship.
Maqubela, according to Smit, had an out-of-character emotional explosion which led to her husband’s murder in 2009.
The social worker explained previously that the 60-year-old Jehovah’s Witness had experienced internal strife because of her need to have a perfect marriage based on religious ideals.
But the relationship was strained by her husband’s infidelity.
‘STATE CAN’T RELY ON SOCIAL WORKERS’ RECOMMENDATIONS’
The State also told the court it couldn’t rely on Smit’s sentencing recommendations for the convicted killer because her report was flawed.
The prosecution rejected the social worker’s recommendation that Maqubela be given a suspended sentence or periodical imprisonment.
Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo told the defence witness there were grave omissions in her “skewed” report.
Wrapping up her cross-examination on Tuesday, Currie-Gamwo said Smit focused too much on Maqubela’s needs when compiling her 50-page report.
During intense questioning, Smit was forced to reconsider her initial assessment that the convicted killer was a low-risk offender, changing it to medium-risk.
MAQUBELA’S DEFENCE CLOSES CASE
Maqubela’s defence closed its case after calling a social worker to testify in mitigation of sentence in the Western Cape High court.
The prosecution also rested its case on Tuesday, paving the way for the penultimate step before she is sentenced.
Judge John Murphy adjourned proceedings until Thursday. Arguments by both parties will start on Thursday.
(Edited by Gadeeja Abbas)
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26 Marzo 2015
WHY DOES THE STATE WANT ‘BLACK WIDOW’ TO GET MORE THAN 15 YEARS IN JAIL?
The Western Cape High Court today heard closing argument in Thandi Maqubela’s sentencing proceedings.
JOHANNESBURG – Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela will be sentenced on Tuesday, 16 months after she was convicted of killing her husband, an acting judge in Cape Town.
The Western Cape High Court had found the 60-year-old Jehovah’s witness guilty of murder, fraud and forging his will.
Today, the court heard closing argument in sentencing proceedings.
Maqubela’s lawyer Thomas Tyler says the fact that his client has not admitted to the offences or accordingly shown remorse, should not be seen as an aggravating factor.
Tyler instead asked the court to consider several mitigating factors, such as the fact that she was an industrious and even philanthropic member of society when deciding on an appropriate sentence.
Prosecutor Bonnie Bonnie Currie-Gamwo on the other hand argued in favour of a long imprisonment, in excess of the prescribed 15 years minimum sentence for murder.
Currie-Gamwo says Maqubela’s actions showed a callous lack of empathy as she stayed for hours with her husband’s decomposing body after killing him.
With regards to the fraud charge, she says Maqubela was willing to defraud her own children of their inheritance to satisfy her own needs for power and money.
(Edited by Victoria Campbell-Gillies)
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