Packham loving and caring?! He’s an ice-cold killer, says state

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Packham loving and caring?! He’s an ice-cold killer, says state

As daughter sobs, defence and prosecution paint very different portraits of wife-killer at his sentencing hearing

Sumin Woo

Sniffles filled the courtroom as wife killer Rob Packham listened to his defence advocate quarrelling with the state over his sentencing at the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Packham turned around in the dock to locate the source of the sob. It was his daughter, who briefly left her seat in the gallery as the defence continued to laud Packham’s character and career highlights.

It was an atypical moment of emotion in Packham’s court proceedings, in which the 58-year-old convicted of murder and obstruction of justice has been described by judge Elizabeth Steyn as disinterested and agitated...

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