This was part of the evidence heard on Friday in the Western Cape High Court where Judge Nathan Erasmus ordered that Packham be placed under house arrest and set stringent bail conditions to prevent any further interference with State witnesses.
Packham also needs to pay an additional R25 000 bail after initially securing bail at R50 000.
After hearing the evidence, Judge Erasmus concluded that it could be inferred that Packham was “Richard Hopkins”, the man who wrote a September 4 email to the ex-mistress claiming to be Packham’s friend and confidante.
The court ordered that the ex-mistress not be identified. She broke up with Packham after he allegedly murdered wife Gill in February and warned him through her lawyer that she wanted no further contact with him.