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Murder accused granted bail

Oudtshoorn community members are furious after the High Court in Cape Town granted bail to an ANC councillor, accused of hiring a hitman to murder her husband in December 2017.

Magdaleen Titus was arrested on 9 January 2018 on a charge of murder after the body of her husband, Preston, was found in his home on 2 December 2017. Preston died from several stab wounds. It is alleged that Titus hired a hitman to have her husband murdered.

It is believed that one of the men she approached to kill her husband turned state witness.

In March, Titus was denied bail in the Oudtshoorn Magistrate’s Court after the Magistrate, Errol Thomas found no special circumstances to grant bail. He stated that the state had strong evidence against Titus. She launched an appeal against the verdict and succeeded in securing bail on Monday 7 May 2018 for an undisclosed amount.

Police arrested four more people for the murder. Natasha Sturrman who was granted bail on 9 April 2018. Justice Mooi was denied bail and remains in custody. Masethembe January was arrested on 11 April 2018 and is expected to apply for bail, while Sixabiso Klip pleaded guilty and was sentenced on 19 January 2018 to 15 years for murder and possession of a dangerous weapon.


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