Wife goes to high court for husband’s murder
Justin Deffenbacher | 2017-06-02 12:44:14.0
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Petina Coetzee had tried to go to marriage counselling with her husband‚ whom she allegedly tried to kill.
But the court refused to amend her bail conditions and now it seems the only place she will be going‚ for a while‚ is the High Court in Cape Town.
On Friday Magistrate Goolam Bawa transferred the matter from the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court to the high court for a pre-trial hearing on July 14.
Prosecutor Christian de Jong then asked for a tentative trial date of November 6.
Last year she allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband‚ Austin Coetzee‚ but her plan was foiled by undercover police.
She has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and was released on bail of R30‚000. Her bail conditions include not making contact with 66-year-old Austin.
Earlier this year Bawa turned down her application to have her bail conditions amended for her to work on her relationship with him.
Austin’s lawyer had written an assertion by him to the effect that he is not afraid of his wife “at all”.
In addition her lawyer‚ William Booth‚ said at the time that Austin does not wish to testify against his wife.