'Wife shot Petersen'

Najwa Petersen fired the shot that killed her husband in December, the Wynberg regional court heard yesterday.

Najwa Petersen fired the shot that killed her husband in December, the Wynberg regional court heard yesterday.

Investigating officer Captain Joe Dryden gave the court a graphic account of Taliep Petersen's last moments when he was called to testify to oppose her bail application.

He said Najwa Petersen arranged for two hired killers to come to the Petersen family home in Athlone, Cape Town, on the night of December 16.

When they arrived, they found the security gate unlocked and tiptoed upstairs where they found Taliep watching cricket on television.

They held Petersen down. Najwa came into the room and embraced him.

Dryden testified that one of the alleged hired killers, Waheed Hassen, said later he found it strange that she would do that.

They forced Taliep to the floor, tied his hands with cable wire while Najwa helped tie his feet with a doily from a table.

Hassen stuffed a glove into Taliep's mouth to prevent him from screaming and at that moment Najwa stroked Taliep's face.

Dryden said that according to Hassen, he fetched a cushion from an adjoining bedroom.

Najwa took a 9mm pistol the men had brought with them. Hassen covered the pistol with the cushion to muffle the noise and Najwa shot Taliep in the neck.

There were horrified gasps and exclamations from the public gallery as Dryden testified.

The magistrate, who had earlier warned against outbursts, ordered the public gallery cleared.

Two psychiatrists called by the defence on Tuesday testified that Najwa was a high suicide risk and ought not be held at Pollsmoor Prison.

Panieri Peter said that bipolar mood disorder, which Najwa has been diagnosed as having, was caused by stress.

"Containment" and a regular routine could help a sufferer and is well recognised in preventing a relapse. - Sapa

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