‘Black widow’ released on R30k bail



October 24, 2016
‘Black widow’ released on R30k bail

Petina Coetzee and her husband Austin. CREDIT: Facebook

The woman accused of planning an alleged hit on her husband's life has been released under strict conditions.

The 44-year-old mother of three accused of trying to hire hitmen to kill her husband was released on R30 000 bail in the Wynberg Magistrates Court on Monday.

Petina Coetzee bail conditions includes reporting to the Elsies River police station everyday, and handing in her passport.

The mother of three was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of plotting to have her husband killed.

The plan was allegedly foiled when police were tipped off.

Last week police spokesman Captain Frederick van Wyk said members of the provincial detective unit, as well as officers from the Manenberg serious and violent crimes investigation unit, started a joint probe after learning of the possible murder conspiracy.

A sting operation followed at 10.10am on Tuesday at the parking area of the Lansdowne train station.

“A woman handed over an undisclosed amount of cash (said to be about R200 000) to would-be hitmen to have her husband assassinated,” Van Wyk said.

Residents who witnessed events at the station posted some photographs on social media.

An image posted on Facebook showed two men lying flat on the ground with their hands behind their backs.

Van Wyk declined to comment on what had happened to the alleged hitmen in the matter.

“The finer aspects of our investigation cannot be disclosed at this stage as it is regarded as sensitive, and part of a police investigation,” he said.

Coetzee is expected back in court on December 2.

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