Packham’s youngest daughter testifies

Murder accused Rob Packham at the Western Cape High Court on Monday March 11.

Nicola Packham, 26, youngest daughter of alleged wife killer Rob Packham appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday March 11.

The Constantia businessman is accused of killing his wife Gill Packham whose charred remains were found in the boot of her BMW at Diep River station last year. He faces charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice and has pleaded not guilty.

Blonde hair tied back, wearing an olive green jersey, Ms Packham calmly responded to questions from prosecutor Susan Galloway and Craig Webster SC, acting on behalf of Mr Packham’s attorney Ben Mathewson.

Ms Packham lived with her parents until February 12 last year when she moved to Johannesburg to live with her aunt.

She said she found out many years before that her dad had been having an affair and she insisted that he tell her mum, which he did in October 2017. Thereafter they had then been undergoing regular marriage counselling in Claremont.

Ms Packham said in December they talked openly about their renewed marriage vows and and at Christmas Mr Packham gave his wife a white gold ring with diamonds. Ms Packham said both parents had “issues” for which they were receiving  individual therapy.

In February, and on the recommendation of their counsellor they spent one week apart, which they were reluctant to do but this had a positive outcome. Following this they saw each other every day for a week, going on dates, sometimes with Ms Packham as their designated driver. Their last counselling session was the day before Gill Packham went missing. She would have turned 58 on Thursday March 21 and according to Ms Packham her dad had planned to buy her a new car.   

Judge Elizabeth Steyn adjourned proceedings to 10am on Tuesday March 12.