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Thandi Maqubela

Maqubela to appeal sentence, conviction

Convicted killer, Thandi Maqubela was expected back in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday where she was to appeal her sentence and conviction. The widow was found guilty of the murder of her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela. During her sentencing in March, Murphy said Maqubela had lacked empathy[…]

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Maqubela branded ‘delusional’

Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela showed delusional tendencies and lacked empathy, the Western Cape High Court found on Tuesday. “She displayed contradictory behavioural traits and tendencies,” Judge John Murphy said. “The evidence shows beyond all doubt, her proclivity towards deception, fraudulent conduct, and an almost delusional tendency to fabricate, aimed unrealistically[…]

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Maqubela to be sentenced next week

Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela will be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, the SABC reported. During closing arguments in sentencing proceedings on Thursday, the State asked the court to hand down a long sentence, the national broadcaster reported. Maqubela’s husband, acting judge Patrick Maqubela, who worked in[…]

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Maqubela sentence too lenient: Witness

The sentences a social worker recommended for convicted killer Thandi Maqubela may be seen as too lenient and bring the administration of justice into disrepute, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday. “I certainly think that it would challenge whether the administration of justice is working,” social worker Arina[…]

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Ommissions in social worker report: State

A social worker who interviewed convicted killer Thandi Maqubela made grave omissions in her pre-sentencing report, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday. Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo tore into Arina Smit’s 50-page report during cross-examination, getting her to concede omissions in a few areas. Smit was called as a defence[…]

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Maqubela must get 20 years: Son

Thandi Maqubela should be sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of her acting judge husband Patrick in 2009, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday. “We are of the view that an act of this nature needs to be dealt with as harshly as possible,” said[…]

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Cross examination for Maqubela’s social worker

A social worker who recommended that convicted killer Thandi Maqubela be handed a periodical imprisonment will be cross-examined in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. Testifying in Maqubela’s mitigation of sentence, Arina Smit said this sentence attempted to balance the interest of society, the seriousness of the offence, and[…]

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Maqubela sentence options delayed

The most appropriate sentence for convicted killer Thandi Maqubela would be periodical imprisonment, a social worker told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Arina Smit, called as a defence witness, said this sentence attempted to balance the interest of society, the seriousness of the offence, and Maqubela’s rehabilitation or[…]

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Court to get report on Maqubela’s health

A district surgeon evaluated convicted killer Thandi Maqubela on Wednesday after she referred to her slain husband as though he were still alive. Prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gamwo said the district surgeon’s report would only be available on Thursday morning due to time constraints. Western Cape High Court Judge John Murphy adjourned[…]

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Maqubela for pre-sentencing

Thandi Maqubela, convicted of killing her acting judge husband Patrick Maqubela, will appear in the Cape Town High Court on Wednesday for pre-sentencing proceedings. The Star newspaper reported last Wednesday that the court had given her more time to file papers against a court order that resulted in her share[…]

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