Widow of SA artist Walter Meyer convicted of his murder

Sophia Meyer, widow of SA landscape artist Walter Meyer, has been found guilty of his murder. She was taken into custody but intends to bring a bail application pending sentencing proceedings. File image
Sophia Meyer, widow of SA landscape artist Walter Meyer, has been found guilty of his murder. She was taken into custody but intends to bring a bail application pending sentencing proceedings. File image
Image: ESA ALEXANDER © SUNDAY TIMES

The widow of acclaimed artist Walter Meyer has been found guilty of his murder.

Sophia Meyer appeared in an Upington court on Wednesday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane said the court found Sophia guilty of murder and postponed her case to November 15.

“The case was also postponed for the court to determine if the accused will be released on bail pending sentencing as she is currently in custody following her conviction,” said Senokoatsane.

Meyer was “stabbed with a sharp object” on December 22, 2017 during an argument with his estranged wife.

The 52-year-old artist, who had works hanging in collections in New York, Canada and in the SA National Gallery, had in the years before his death been reduced to peddling his paintings to put food on the table.

He lived in the Upington gap-housing suburb of Augrabies Park with Sophia, who was 27 years old at the time of the murder. Their marriage was described as troubled, the Sunday Times reported.

Meyer was born in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape and is regarded as one of SA’s top landscape artists.

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