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Court to hear Maqubela’s leave to appeal conviction

In March, Thandi Maqubela was sentenced to an effective 18 years in jail for killing her husband.

FILE: Convicted murderer Thandi Maqubela is handcuffed after sentencing in the High Court before she is led to the holding cells. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Husband killer, Thandi Maqubela's application for leave to appeal her conviction and sentence is expected to be heard in the Western Cape High Court next month.

In March 2015, she was sentenced to an effective 18 years behind bars for killing Acting Judge President Patrick Maqubela, forging his will and fraudulently presenting it to the Johannesburg office of the Master of the High Court.

Her husband was found dead in his Bantry Bay apartment in 2009.

Maqubela's lawyers want permission to appeal her conviction and sentence because they believe another court could come to a different conclusion.

Her legal team will be filing heads of argument next week.

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

When sentencing Maqubela in March, Judge John Murphy weighed up a string of aggravating and mitigating factors.

He said she had killed her husband during an 'explosive crisis' in their relationship and had been humiliated by his extra marital affairs.

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