Rob Packham File picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)
Rob Packham File picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

Alleged wife killer #Packham to remain in custody until bail inquiry

By Zodidi Dano Time of article published Sep 25, 2018

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Alleged wife killer Rob Packham will spend the rest of the week behind bars after allegedly breaching his bail conditions. 

At the end of August, Packham's bail conditions were adjusted slightly. He was allowed to have contact with one of his sisters, Judith Markwell, but they were not allowed to talk about the trial as she is one of the State witnesses. 

He appeared in the Western Cape High Court today, where there was a strong police presence, and is to appear in court again on Friday for a bail inquiry, the SABC reported. 

Judge Taswell Papier granted a request for a postponement of an application in terms of Section 66 of the Criminal Procedure Act. Prosecutor Susan Galloway applied to the court to lead evidence that Packham had violated his bail conditions.

TimesLive reported that Packham had allegedly tripped a journalist in the corridor as he was led into court, and also gave journalists and photographers jostling for his picture a stern look.

Packham, a former manager at Twizza, was first arrested in March following the murder of his wife Gill, who went missing in February. He was granted R50 000 bail. 

He faces a charge of murder and defeating the ends of justice. His wife's body was found inside the boot of her BMW, which had been set alight, at Diep River railway station.

According to the indictment, Packham allegedly used a blunt object to hit Gill on the head and allegedly provided the police with false information. It was also revealed that the couple had experienced marital problems.

The court previously heard that traces of blood were found in Packham’s car, the garage and bathroom of their home. The blood was presumed to be that of his wife, who had been a Springfield Convent School teacher.

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