Maqubela wants case reopened

The defence wants to lead new evidence relating to the forgery and fraud charges.

Thandi Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena in court on 4 November 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer for Thandi Maqubela, who is accused of killing her husband acting judge Patrick Maqubela, has asked for the case to be reopened.

Judgment in the murder trial is expected to be handed down today, but the defence has made an 11th hour application.

Maqubela and her co-accused Vela Mabena are charged with murder, but Maqubela is facing two other charges of forgery and fraud.

Her lawyer asked the court to allow the case to be reopened.

He wants to lead new evidence relating to the forgery and fraud charges.

He says several witnesses are willing to testify but the state says this application should have been made a long time ago and that it is now too late.

Judge John Murphy has adjourned the matter to consider the application.

The acting judge was found dead in his Bantry Bay flat in 2009.

The prosecution alleges he was suffocated with cling wrap.