Murder-accused Rob Packham arrested for 'intimidating witnesses'

21 September 2018 - 08:36 By Dave Chambers
Constantia murder accused Rob Packham.
Constantia murder accused Rob Packham.
Image: Esa Alexander

A Cape Town businessman charged with murdering his wife has been arrested for allegedly breaching his bail conditions and intimidating witnesses.

Rob Packham‚ 57‚ was arrested at his Constantia home on Thursday evening‚ said Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut.

“[Packham] was arrested last night by Diep River police on a warrant of arrest for breaching his bail conditions and intimidation of witnesses‚ relating to a murder which was committed on 22 February 2018‚” said Traut.

He would appear in the high court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The businessman‚ a former manager of beverage production company Twizza‚ was out on bail of R50‚000 pending a pre-trial hearing at the high court on October 26.

Bail conditions imposed at Wynberg Magistrate’s Court included a ban on contacting state witnesses.

Packham is accused of murdering his wife‚ Gill‚ putting her body in the boot of her car and setting it alight at Diep River railway station.

The alarm was raised when Gill did not arrive for work at a Wynberg high school‚ Springfield Convent‚ where she was a secretary.

According to the state‚ licence-plate recognition cameras showed Packham driving his wife’s BMW‚ and cellphone towers showed he spent the day of her disappearance driving around the Constantia area.

During the late afternoon he was reportedly seen driving away from the burning car. When firefighters extinguished the flames they found Gill's charred body in the boot but a postmortem report showed she was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.

Packham’s trial is scheduled to start on February 4.

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