Pensioner In Court For Murder After Wife Stabbed To Death

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A pensioner who has been charged with the murder of his wife, after initially claiming they had been attacked by intruders, has made another appearance in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court.

William Carter, 71, who appeared briefly in court on Wednesday, told a Weekend Argus reporter that he and his 65-year-old wife were attacked by two men in their Marina da Gama home on 25 October.

According to reports, when police arrived at the scene in Uitsig Road they found Carter outside the house with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. His wife, Frances Carter, was found stabbed to death in the kitchen.

Carter was arrested on 26 October after being discharged from hospital and charged with premeditated murder when he appeared in court on 28 October. Police said in addition to the murder charge, firearm related charges are also being investigated. The matter was postponed for further investigation and for Carter to obtain legal assistance. He has since opted to go with Legal Aid.

Of Carter’s court appearance on Wednesday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila told VK News: “The case was on the roll at Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday and it was postponed to 9 November 2020 for a bail application.

“His alternative address which he gave has to be verified. The State is also waiting for his travel documentation.”

When asked about the possible firearm related charges, Ntabazalila responded: “For now he is charged with murder.”