The daughter of convicted murderer Rob Packham has testified for a mitigation in her father’s sentence. Packham was found guilty of the murder of his wife Gill on Monday, and was also convicted on a charge of defeating the ends of justice.
Gill, who was a secretary at Springfield Convent High School in Cape Town, was found dead in the boot of her burnt-out BMW on February 22 2018. The gutted vehicle was found at the Diep River train station after she had failed to arrive at work – something that was very out of character.
As reported by EWN, Kerry Meyer, the Packhams’ eldest daughter, asked presiding Judge Elize Steyn not to put her father “away forever” while testifying for a mitigation of sentence today.
Meyer proceeded to describe her father as being wonderful, caring and loving. She also added that he was never aggressive towards her or her younger sister, or towards their now-deceased mother.
Meyer said she wanted Judge Steyn to know the positive impact her father had on the lives of her and her sister growing up, and begged her to give him the opportunity to have the same positive impact on the lives of his grandchildren.