Maqubela dealt a double blow

Thandi Maqubela’s lawyer tried to appeal the denied bail decision at the SCA but it was also turned down.

FILE: Thandi Maqubela looks weak and dizzy sitting on a bench, head down, breathing heavily during the murder trial of her husband, acting Judge Patrick Maqubela. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape High Court has dealt a double blow to convicted killer Thandi Maqubela.

After Maqubela was denied bail yesterday her lawyer quickly applied for permission to challenge the decision at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

But Judge Andre le Grancie was not convinced another court would come to a different conclusion and turned down the application.

Two years ago she was found guilty of the 2009 killing of her husband acting Judge Patrick Maqubela.

Her appeal against her murder conviction will be heard next year.

In the meantime, she will continue serving her 18 year prison sentence.

State prosecutor Bonnie Currie-Gumwo has welcomed the rulings.

"The state is satisfied with the outcome of the application and we can now focus on the appeal to the SCA which we hope will be finalised next year."