Maqubela’s lawyer mum over appeal

The 'Black Widow' has 14 days to apply for leave to appeal her conviction and sentence.

FILE: The 'Black Widow' has 14 days to apply for leave to appeal her conviction and sentence. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Thandi Maqubela's attorney says he can't comment on whether her defence team will be taking steps to appeal her conviction and 18-year jail sentence.

The Western Cape High Court yesterday sentenced her to 15 years behind bars for murdering her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela and three years each for fraud and forging his will, which will run concurrently.

Maqubela was convicted in 2013 even though there was no conclusive forensic evidence to determine how her husband died.

She has 14 days to apply for leave to appeal her conviction and sentence.

In 2013, shortly after she was found guilty of murder, forgery and fraud, her defence team at the time broached a possible appeal.

But 16 months later, her lawyers aren't commenting.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila says the state will oppose should she ask for leave to appeal.

"Look she's got the right to appeal. If she does appeal, we will oppose the appeal."

Judge John Murphy weighed up a string of aggravating and mitigating factors when he sentenced Maqubela yesterday.

He considered that she had been humiliated by her husband's extra marital affairs, and killed him during an "explosive crisis" in their marriage.

But he also said that she was prone to deception, fraudulent conduct and an almost delusional tendency to lie.

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