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Packham's ex-mistress mentioned for the first time in court



The trial of murder-accused Constantia businessman Rob Packham, heard for the first time of his mistress at the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

This came to light after it was revealed who would testify in the matter involving the alleged violation of his bail conditions, News24 reported. Packham was arrested earlier this month on the violation of his R50 000 bail.

This is the first time that an affair has been mentioned in court since Packham's judgment on his wife's murder earlier this year. The 57-year-old Cape Town soft drinks company manager has pleaded not guilty.

It was argued that Packham had allegedly violated his contact status by several state witnesses. The woman was one of the State witnesses Packham was not allowed to contact, but he acknowledged dropping flowers and a letter at her work.

Galloway told Judge Nathan Erasmus in her application – the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Ivan Sonnenberg, and a woman. She asked for her identity because she had two minor children.

Judge Erasmus asked defense counsel Pieter Botha how he felt about this. Botha had no objection and said it was "common cause that she had an extramarital affair with my client".

The judge ruled that the woman's identity was not revealed until he had had a chance to listen to her evidence and decide further. She was eventually not called.

In an affidavit, the woman said Packham left a parcel with the doorman at her work even though she had told him on several occasions, and not her contact, TimesLive reported.

"I looked at the camera and was positively confirmed by Rob Packham – I recognized his face, his posture and the shirt he was wearing," the affidavit said.

"I have many times disregarded my attorney of record demands, and now I have acted against the prosecutor and the court's warning not to have any direct or indirect contact with me.

"His contact with me is not desired and unwanted, I feel harassed and intimidated by it."

The woman said she received an SMS from Richard J Hopkins. It read: "My name is Richard. I am an old school friend or Rob. I have been staying with him for a few days. I leave tomorrow.

"He has told me a bit about you two. Today I dropped a gift at your work. He apparently can not but he wants to. ?? Sorry it's a bit confusing. He said he will explain to me tonight. RH. "

The following day we received an e-mail from Richard J Hopkins containing details of her relationship with Packham, which she believed her ex-lover would not share with anyone.

"I believe Rob Packham is using 'Richard J Hopkins' as an alias to contact me, alternatively, I believe that Rob Packham asked this 'man' to contact me, therein making indirect contact with me," the woman said in the affidavit.

"I felt threatened and intimidated by the content of the email, sent as if it were meant to be silent and tacit warning."

Packham, who used to work for Twizza, was charged with the murder of his wife, schoolteacher Gill Packham, earlier this year. He was out on bail and was under house judgment.

His wife disappeared on February 22 and her body was found in the boat of a burnout BMW near Deep River train station.

According to the indictment, allegedly used a blunt object to hit Gill on the head, with the intent to obstruct the course of justice, while the body was inside the vehicle.

He allegedly also gave the police false information.


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