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Johannesburg - Judgment is expected to be handed down in the trial of Thandi Maqubela, accused of killing her husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.
Maqubela is charged with the murder of her husband, Judge Patrick Maqubela, forgery and fraud.
Her co-accused, her business associate Vela Mabena, is charged with murder.
Patrick Maqubela's body was found in his apartment in Bantry Bay on June 7, 2009. The State alleges he was suffocated with a piece of clingwrap on June 5.
On October 8, Randall Titus, for Mabena, said that the accused could not have planned the judge's murder in a 76-second phone call on Thursday, June 4, 2009.
The State had remarked that a flurry of phone calls between Thandi Maqubela and Mabena the day of the acting judge's death was “suspicious”.
Maqubela made short calls to Mabena at 8.27am, 9.14am, 9.41am, 1.15pm and 2.29pm. An SMS was also sent from the acting judge's phone to Mabena at 2.27pm. It read: “Trying to get hold of you”.
Titus said the calls were entirely consistent with a person calling to ask for directions, as was Mabena's version of events. - Sapa