OFFICE OF THE STATION COMMANDER: DIEP RIVER SAPS
12th June 2019
ROB PACKHAM CONVICTED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON
DIEP RIVER–Rob Packham, aged 58, murder trial accused was sentenced to twenty two years on the 12th Wednesday 2019 in the Western Cape High Court.
Honorable Judge Steyn delivered her verdict in the High Court for twenty years for Murder and additional four years, of which two years is suspended, for Defeating The Ends of Justice, totalling twenty two years imprisonment for Murder Accused Rob Packham.
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.
From preliminary investigations, 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 police found Gill’s charred body in the boot but a post-mortem report showed she was killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
The accused was soon arrested after preliminary forensic investigations were completed. The accused was then re-arrested after breaching his bail conditions and attempting to contact and influence State Witnesses.
The accused was released on further bail of R75 000 and more stringent bail conditions being set by Judge Erasmus.
Despite the Bail Conditions being set, the accused continued to intimidate and harass crucial State Witnesses.
After consultations between the Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Sonnenberg, and the Prosecutor, Advocate Galloway, an application was made for the arrest of the accused for the breach of his Bail Conditions and Intimidation of State Witnesses.
On 2018-12-11 Judge Erasmus authorised a warrant of arrest for the accused where Packham was then re-arrested and kept in custody throughout the duration of his trial.
Packham was found guilty on 20th May 2019 and handed down his sentence on 12th June 2019.
“Diep River SAPS management applaud Detective Sergeant Ivan Sonnenberg as the lead investigator in this case for his diligence and proper investigation resulting in a positive conviction for the murder accused Rob Packham.”
Constable Zak Marais
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