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Mystery cold case witness in court

The ex-wife of the alleged author of a confession letter has appeared in court.

A copy of an ID book, allegedly belonging to a woman who was killed 13 years ago and buried at a Kenilworth house. Picture: Chris Collingridge/The Star Newspaper.
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JOHANNESBURG - It has emerged the mystery witness in the Betty Ketani murder case is the ex-wife of the alleged author of a confession letter.

She came forward to confirm the handwriting and to hand over some incriminating photographs.

On Thursday, three of the six suspects continued with their bail application in connection with the 13-year-old murder case.

Prosecutors revealed Carrington Laughton's ex-wife came forward after seeing media coverage of the case.

She gave police an envelope containing photographs of a woman, who used to work with Ketani at a restaurant in Rosebank, north of Johannesburg.

No details about the photographs were given.

The defence team claims the state's case is weak, and that a murder still needs to be proved without a body.

The court also heard that Laughton allegedly threatened his co-accused.

Judgment will be handed down next week.

The men were arrested in May after a confession letter, allegedly written by one of the accused, was discovered beneath a carpet in a Kenilworth home, south of Johannesburg.

Ketani was allegedly involved in a labour dispute with her employers.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)


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