Constantia businessman Rob Packham Photo: African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – Constantia businessman Rob Packham's trial date for the alleged murder of his wife Gill has been set for March 11.

He appeared in the Western Cape High Court for a pre-trial conference on Friday, News24 reported.

The 57-year-old's bail was increased to R75 000 with more stringent conditions after he was rearrested for contacting State witnesses, including a woman with whom he had been having an extramarital affair. Packham was initially granted R50 000 bail, with specific conditions, after he was arrested earlier this year.

The accused is under house arrest but is allowed to visit a shopping centre in Wynberg once a week for three hours; visit a medical practitioner in Wynberg for emergencies; visit his psychologist in Rondebosch once a week; travel to his lawyers to prepare for his case; and attend church service every Sunday.

He also has to inform his investigating officer from his landline whenever he leaves home and returns, as well as report to the Diep River police station every day.

Packham had to hand over all his electronic devices to his lawyer. In addition, police can search his property at any time for similar devices.

Gill disappeared on February 22 and her body was found in the boot of a burnt-out BMW near Diep River train station.

According to the indictment, her husband allegedly used a blunt object to hit her on her head and, with the alleged intention of obstructing the course of justice, set alight a BMW while her body was inside it.

He also allegedly gave the police false information to mislead them during the investigation.

The Zimbabwe-born businessman last worked as a manager for beverage company Twizza.