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Maqubela's defence calls for bail

Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela’s lawyer says she would be prejudiced if not granted bail.

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

CAPE TOWN - Thandi Maqubela's lawyer has told the Western Cape High Court that she would be prejudiced if not granted bail pending the outcome of her appeal against her murder conviction.

She has also petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) for leave to appeal the three-year jail term handed down for forging her husband's will and committing fraud.

Maqubela was found guilty in 2013 of killing her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela, in 2009.

She is serving an effective 18-year prison sentence.

Maqubela has been granted leave to appeal her murder conviction.

In the event that she is successful, her legal team will ask the SCA in Bloemfontein, to reconsider the three-year sentence handed down for forgery and fraud.

Her advocate Thomas Tyler told Western Cape High Court judge Andre le Grange during a bail hearing today that she should be released.

The State is opposing bail.

The court has yet to decide whether it will entertain an appeal against Maqubela's sentence on the forgery and fraud conviction.

It has still to set a date her hearing.