Wife shot by 'accident'

A man told the Rustenburg high court yesterday that he accidentally shot dead his wife at their home in Phadi village near Mogwase, North West, two years ago.

A man told the Rustenburg high court yesterday that he accidentally shot dead his wife at their home in Phadi village near Mogwase, North West, two years ago.

Freddy Ratlala Mashimo, 37, told the court he and his wife, Madintwa Helen Mashimo, were struggling with each other over the control of a firearm on March 29 2005, when it accidentally went off.

The state alleges Mashimo shot his wife after they had an argument over a restraining order served on him.

She died as a result of gunshot wound to the head.

The case was postponed until today when the trial continues. Mashimo's bail of R3500 was extended. - Sapa

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