The Western Cape High Court sentenced Constantia businessman Rob Packham to 22 years in prison for the murder of his wife Gill.
On Wednesday the judge Elize Steyn sentenced Packham to four years for defeating the end of justice by setting his wifes vehicle alight, two of which will run concurrently with the 20 year sentence meaning he will remain in prison for 22 years.
Packham was arrested shortly after the discovery of his wife’s body in the boot of her burnt-out BMW in February at the Diep River Train station.
Steyn addressed the prevalence of femicide while handing down the sentence stating that perpetrators must be punished appropriately.
She said the 58-year-old was a coward who was self-centred, deceitful and showed no remorse.
Gill must have suffered extreme shock and horror during her attack and Packham didn’t even tell the court he missed her or thought of her during the trial.
Packham stood emotionless, with his hands clasped as his sentence was handed down.