Kyle Cowan
1 minute read
27 Nov 2015
12:55 pm

Estranged wife held for husband’s murder

Kyle Cowan

Police uncovered a plot by the wife to get a R1 million life insurance payout.

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A woman in Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, has been arrested and charged with the murder of her businessman husband and the attempted murder of his girlfriend.

This after police uncovered what appears to have been a plot by the estranged wife to gain access to just more than R1 million in life insurance money.

The 43-year-old woman, along with two other men, were charged with murder and attempted murder after police investigations revealed sinister motives for the killing of the 53-year-old businessman.

The man was shot and killed inside his car in the Nsingweni area just outside Mtunzini in August last year, Zululand Observer reported.

According to Empangeni police spokesperson Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose, police arrived on the shooting scene at about 8pm.

“They found two stationary motor vehicles, a bakkie and a sedan, inside which was an African female who was seriously wounded and on the other side of the car an African male was lying face down, already dead,” he said.

The deceased man was identified as the suspect’s husband, while the injured woman, who had sustained several gunshot wounds to her hands and arms, was hospitalised.

“Mtunzini police investigated a charge of murder and attempted murder, and evidence led to the arrest of three suspects, including the wife of the deceased.”

According to Mdlalose, the man had been separated from his wife at the time.

She had approached police to assist with the completion of life insurance claim forms shortly after his death, which had raised suspicion.

One of the arrested men was found in possession of a licensed pistol that was seized for ballistic tests.

All three suspects are due to appear in the Mtunzini District Court on December 7 for formal bail applications.

– Caxton News Service