South Africa 16.3.2015 07:29 am

Thandi Maqubela to be sentenced

FILE PICTURE: Thandi Maqubela appears at the Cape Town High Court on August 4, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Last November, Thandi Maqubela was found guilty of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in June 2009. Her sentencing has been postponed as her legal team has withdrawn from representing her due to the lack of funds. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times/ Esa Alexander)

FILE PICTURE: Thandi Maqubela appears at the Cape Town High Court on August 4, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Last November, Thandi Maqubela was found guilty of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in June 2009. Her sentencing has been postponed as her legal team has withdrawn from representing her due to the lack of funds. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times/ Esa Alexander)

Thandi Maqubela was expected to be sentenced in the Cape Town High Court on Monday for the murder of her acting judge husband Patrick Maqubela.

In November 2013, Maqubela was found guilty of killing him in June 2009, despite not having conclusive medical evidence pinpointing a cause of death.

She was found guilty of forging her husband’s will and committing fraud by causing potential prejudice to his estate.┬áThe judge was based at the Western Cape High Court at the time of his death.

Maqubela was admitted for observation at Valkenberg psychiatric hospital after acting out of character at an appearance in September. At the time, she was dishevelled, confused, and asked to be taken to her husband.

A panel was asked to compile a report on whether she was fit to understand sentencing proceedings. The court granted a postponement to Monday because of a possible challenge to the mental health report.

 

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