Najwa to appeal her conviction

Najwa Petersen will appeal against her conviction for the murder of her husband Taliep in the Cape High Court, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio news reported on Thursday.

Earlier this month Petersen was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the murder of her husband.

Najwa’s lawyer Riaz Khan said his client wanted to challenge Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai’s evaluation of the evidence.

Khan told SABC: “We basically just informed the court that he misdirected himself in evaluating certain evidence of the main witness in this case, namely Mr Fahiem Hendricks ... The appeal is only against the conviction.”

Taliep, who was a South African theatre icon and entertainer, was shot through the neck in the Petersen family home in Athlone, Cape Town, on the night of December 16 2006.—Sapa


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