Widow Glaudina Botha, 62, 'No Proof' that widow has shot dead her wealthy Kimberley farmer husband Nico Botha: court finding:
"No proof' wife killed farmer husband says court: releasing her on her own cognisance.
(NOTE FROM FARMITRACKER: The case file will now be returned to the office of the public prosecutor for a decision. ccording to legal sources, another inquest should now be held to obtain a new ruling on the cause of death, and this requires that a new police-investigation will have to be conducted.)
NORTH CAPE POLICE INITIALLY INVESTIGATED IT AS A SUICIDE BUT POST-MORTEM FINDINGS REVEALED TWO GUNSHOTS FIRED INTO HIS SKULL:
2012-05-25 Bloemfontein - A Kimberley woman who was arrested and charged with murdering her farmer-husband, was released on her own recognisance by a local court.
Volksblad reported that Nico Botha was shot dead two years ago in his farmhouse.
Police initially claimed it was a "suicide" but when forensic examinations found that he'd been shot in the head twice, they immediately arrested his widow Glaudina Botha, 62, as a murder suspect.
However a magistrate ruled there was no proof she'd planned the murder, and the case was "circumstantial".
Mrs Botha's legal counsel said during the bail application that "money was no motive for the murder as the family was wealthy and there were no financial problems."
The lawyer also said that 'the assumption that two shots indicated a premeditated act, should be rejected."
He said the late Mr Botha had been under tremendous strain; that there was a lot of tension in the family and that Botha was not speaking to her daughter who was currently living in the US.
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