Packham’s bid to gain leave to appeal his murder conviction was denied at the high court in Cape Town.
Rob Packham leave to appeal rejected
Packham’s representatives approached the court trying to gain a chance to appeal his conviction based off of the fact that they felt there was not enough evidence to convict their client of murder, especially with the way in which Packham was identified by witnesses.
They argued a live line-up should have been done for witnesses at the earliest opportunity, that it should have been done before Packham’s arrest instead of after, extensive media coverage may have affected witnesses, and the fact that witnesses should not have been transported to the court together.
Keanan Thomas, for example, said in his original witness statement that he saw a coloured man in his 30s, which obviously does not describe the middle-aged caucasian Rob Packham in the slightest.
Courts not swayed
However, the Cape Town High Court was not convinced. The court stated it believed there was no real chance an appeal would succeed and were unimpressed the bid was made by Packham’s representatives without the addition of any new evidence or information.
“There are no reasonable prospects of the proposed appeal against the conviction of the accused succeeding, neither is there any other compelling reason why the appeal should be heard,” Judge Elize Steyn said in her written judgment.
“The application for leave to appeal against the conviction of the accused is accordingly refused.”
Conviction for murder of his wife
In June 2019, Packham was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for the murdering his wife Gill back in 2018.
Rob was reportedly having an affair, which put a big strain on their marriage. Gill was reported missing towards the end of February 2018 after failing to turn up for work. Her burnt-out car was eventually found in Diep River with her dead body in the boot.
Packham claimed she was the victim of a hijacking incident, but Judge Steyn did not buy his version of events and found him guilty of murder and was perturbed by his apparent lack of sadness or remorse.
Despite calls from Packham’s children for leniency, Judge Steyn gave him more than the minimum 15 years by handing him a 20-year sentence for murder and adding another four for defeating the ends of justice, two of which were suspended.