South Africa - Gill Packham, 57, murdered, Cape Town, 22 February, 2018 *arrest*

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  1. mrjitty

    mrjitty Well-Known Member

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    To be fair, we have single female friends of a certain age, and pretty much all the available guys are either severely damaged goods, or exiting their marriages

    It can be pretty hard to tell the difference between which ones are genuinely separated, and which ones are just cheating on their wives.

    So yeah probably the golden rule is don't get involved with them until they definitely moved out!
     
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    There will be a trail of family devastation whether Rob Packham, accused of killing Gill last year, is found guilty or not.

    That heartbreaking reality is driven home by a poignant Facebook post by two of Gill’s sisters on their Justice4Gill page this week in anticipation of judgment on Thursday.

    “No matter what the court decides, there are no winners, only losers,” wrote Sue and Helen after acknowledging the support they received “on this painful journey over the past 15 months”.

    “Gill’s sisters, daughters, nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and more, have all lost. Her sisters have been denied the years with a sister who was the connector, being the middle sibling of our family no matter what one believes happened back on February 21 or 22, last year, those beliefs don’t change the outcome or that we all lost a precious person in our lives.”

    Packham trial leaves family divided | Weekend Argus
     
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    Hi JJ, do you know time of sentencing. Don’t want to miss it! Thanks Hag.
     
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    Dreadful business
     
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    Hi Hag, Sorry but I don't know. This Judge has started early on a couple of occasions so I'm ready to go. None of the reporters are online yet but I'll let you know as soon someone is.

    The Judge wasn't impressed by him at all so I'm assuming he'll be found guilty the UK. Poor Gill, I feel so sad for her.
     
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    News24 reporters are starting to post, but not for us yet.

    Gerrie Nel is in court today and is representing the Jimmy family who believe it was a fault with the FordKuga that caused the car to burn. Ford dispute that. Around that time a number of the models caught fire and there was a recall.

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    Rob Packham will find out today whether he has been found guilty or not on charges of killing his wife Gill in February 2018 and obstructing justice.
    A packed gallery is here to see what happens.

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    Not exactly a happy looking chappy. Good.

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    It's sad yet kind of fascinating how family enable these abusers.
     
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    Judge Elize Steyn says sections of her judgment will be summarised for expedience.

    Steyn: Packham pleaded not guilty and denied allegations on counts of murder and obstructing justice. He made certain admissions, including photos were those of his Audi Q5 and stills of his wife's BMW were from CCTV footage in his road.

    Steyn: 57-year-old Packham was managing director of soft drink company Twizza. His wife was a secretary at Springfield Convent. They lived in Riesling Road and have 2 daughters.

    The accused had two cellphones, one for work and a private one for limited communications that his wife did not know about.

    At the time of her death, Gill and the accused had marital problems as a result of his infidelity. They had extensive marital counselling and an argument the night before her death. The next morning, she left home and did not arrive at work.

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    Steyn: The accused could not be reached on his cellphone that morning. After activating his phone, he saw the school alerted him about the absence of his wife as well as messages from his daughter and sister.

    Steyn: Accused drove to his wife's school and then around, looking for her. He phoned her only twice but it went straight to voicemail. He also phoned a colleague to give false information about where he was, and again a few days later.

    Steyn: There were eyewitnesses who saw Packham at relevant scenes that day. A male person was seen driving away from scene of burning BMW in a car that matched his own. Tyre tracks found at area were possible match for his own tyres.

    Gill Packham died as a result of blunt force trauma. She was small in stature. Blood was found in the garage. The accused said her death may have been caused by random hijacking. Her belongings were never found.

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    Steyn: The question that needs to be answered is who killed Gill and set alight her body and car to get rid of evidence.

    Steyn: The accused said he was treated unfairly from the start of the investigation. He maintained he was not guilty of any crime.

    If the accused's version is reasonably, possibly true, he is entitled to be acquitted. The evidence must establish his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

    An alibi must be considered in light of the totality of the evidence before court. There is no direct evidence that the accused killed his wife or whether he was the one who set the vehicle on fire. The State relies on vast circumstantial evidence.

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    Steyn continues by reading case law: circumstantial evidence is like a network of facts around the accused. It could fall apart or it could be so strong and coherent that no evidence by the accused could break through.

    Steyn refers to more case law about circumstantial evidence, which points out that facts should be viewed as a mosaic and not in isolation. One should not miss the wood for the trees.

    Steyn now on case law about the credibility of witnesses. The conduct of a witness may give away that they have not been truthful and that lying about something shows they could have lied about other things too.

    Steyn addresses criticism regarding evidence of some State witnesses, particularly eyewitnesses. Case law dictates that non-material deviations are not relevant. Their evidence must be considered holistically. The State witnesses kept to their versions.

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    It sounds like this hideous man will be walking downstairs again, this time for many, many years.
     
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    Steyn: An important matter in this case is identification. State conceded court should approach this matter with caution but that defence never submitted witnesses who identified accused were not bona fide. Rather that there were problems with evidence.

    Steyn: With identification, important factors include lighting, visibility and eyesight. Defence put it to the investigating officer that ID parade was contrived, irregular and unfair to the accused.

    Steyn turns to evidence presented by witnesses. She starts with daughter Nicola Packham, who lived in JHB at the time. She knew her dad was having an affair and insisted he tell her mother.

    Steyn: Nicola Packham tried to get hold of her mother that morning and then her dad, to tell him the school was looking for Gill. This went to voicemail. He later told Nicola he had been on the factory floor and didn't have cellphone signal.

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    Steyn: Nicola was the one who told her dad that he needed to report Gill as missing at the police station. He later told her there was a 24hr waiting period. After posting an alert on social media, they were told about a car alight in Diep River.

    Steyn: Nicola Packham could not get hold of her dad. She later spoke to him while he was at police station and he was crying. She could only get to Cape Town the next day.

    Steyn: As far as Nicola Packham knew, her mom was emotional at the last counselling session because it emerged her dad still had feelings for his girlfriend.

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    Adjourned for 20 minutes.
     
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    Thanks JJ. I said Sentencing but meant Judgement! However, sometimes both are decided on the day, I think. Agree with your last paragraph wholeheartedly. H
     
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    Steyn moves to evidence of Lodewyk Janse van Rensburg, a general manager at Twizza, who testified that he never saw Packham at work that day. The accused call him for an alibi.

    Steyn on Lodewyk's testimony: The accused said that "if anybody phones", he should tell them he was at work. The witness thought it strange that the accused called him buddy and informed his superiors about the request.

    Steyn said Lodewyk took screenshots of communication with Packham. The accused sent him a message a few days later reminding him about alibi.

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