Busi­ness­man ac­cused of killing wife granted bail

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - – Aron Hy­man

CAPE Town busi­ness­man Rob Pack­ham‚ who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife Gill‚ was re­leased on bail of R50 000 yes­ter­day.

He was re­leased un­der strict con­di­tions, in­clud­ing house ar­rest – un­less he was at work.

The body of Gill Pack­ham‚ a sec­re­tary at Spring­field Con­vent School in Wyn­berg‚ was found in the boot of her burnt-out BMW be­hind Diep River rail­way sta­tion three weeks ago after she went miss­ing on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Pros­e­cu­tor Su­san Gal­loway told the Wyn­berg Mag­is­trate’s Court: “It is a se­ri­ous crime that the ac­cused is be­ing charged with, but it is our sub­mis­sion that this alone is not enough rea­son to keep him in cus­tody.”

Pack­ham’s lawyer Ben Mathew­son told the court his client in­tended plead­ing not guilty.

Pack­ham started sob­bing softly as Mathew­son read out his af­fi­davit which ex­plained that his daugh­ters needed him after los­ing their mother and that after los­ing his wife he equally needed his daugh­ters.

His daugh­ters were present in court. He said his el­dest daugh­ter was 27 and lived in the UK, where she was a teacher. His younger daugh­ter is 25 and re­cently grad­u­ated from Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity.

Gal­loway said strict bail con­di­tions would en­sure that he did not flee the coun­try.

Judge Goolam Bawa granted bail and ruled that Pack­ham be placed un­der house ar­rest.


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