The case against Rob Packham gets under way at the High Court today, Monday March 11.
The Constantia businessman is accused of killing his wife Gill Packham, and faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.
Ms Packham’s charred remains were found on February 22, 2018, in the boot of a burnt BMW at the Diep River train station. She was identified through forensic DNA comparison.
The 57-year-old Mr Packham had been under house arrest until December but was eventually moved to Pollsmoor Prison after he was found to have been in breach of his bail conditions, for the second time.
Early this year, Mr Packham made an application for leave to appeal against Judge Elizabeth Baartman’s refusal to grant him bail on December 21 last year.
The cancellation of his bail resulted in him being sent to Pollsmoor and preventing him from being able to walk his daughter Nicola, 26, down the aisle.
The judge had found that he breached his bail conditions by continuing to harass his ex-mistress who dumped him after he was charged with his wife’s murder.