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Western Cape - Marital problems and an extra-marital affair could have been the motive for the murder of Chanel du Toit on a Franschhoek wine estate two years ago, according to a report on Tuesday.
This was the State's submission in a preliminary summary of its case against her husband, Johan du Toit, 29, in the Paarl district court, Beeld reported on Tuesday.
Chanel's was found strangled on the morning of July 7, 2010, by her mother-in-law in her home on the Dieu Donne Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
She and her husband had been married for a year.
On Monday, Du Toit pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, alternatively manslaughter.
Prosecutor Chris Abrahams said the State would argue that an extra-marital relationship resulted in an argument which led to Chanel's death.
It planned to use post mortem results to prove that she was already dead when her husband left their house, which placed him at the scene at the time of the murder, Abrahams said.
William Booth, for the defence, said that since the court had not seen any evidence, the summary was irrelevant. - Sapa