Poison plotter kept in suspense

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Convicted poison plotter Dave Williams will have to wait until Monday to hear the outcome of his court application at the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court for leave to appeal.

Williams has applied for leave to appeal against his conviction and seven-year sentence for conspiring to kill his wife, Vino.

Magistrate Mpume Linda was due to deliver her judgment on Tuesday, but due to a full court roll, this was adjourned to November 26.

The father was led to the dock in leg irons. His teenage daughter was forced to wait outside the courtroom.

Vino Williams was in court, but declined to comment.

Williams maintains his innocence, and has stuck to his story that he wanted to obtain poison to kill himself, and had no intention of killing his wife.

He alleges that the state had failed to prove a conspiracy existed between him and police agent, Mack Makhanya, or his friend, Trevor Madlala.

He said wanted to commit suicide because he felt inadequate as a man, being unable to provide for his family, and that his wife’s “nagging and clinginess” was driving him crazy.


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