Today, will mark the first day of Packham’s murder trial. This follows the rejection of his leave to appeal the cancellation of bail.
Packham is facing a charge of murder and defeating the ends of justice. He is accused of killing his wife, Gill Packham. Gill‘s charred body was found days after her disappearance on February 22, 2018, in the boot of a burnt BMW at the Diep River train station. She was identified through forensic DNA comparison.
Packham was released on R50 000 bail, but that amount was increased to R75000 following a breach of bail conditions, and subsequently revoked following another breach.
Simultaneously, the high court will also be handing down a sentence to Zimbabwean national Lloyd Simbarashe for the murder of domestic violence victim Nikita Lewis.