The eldest daughter of Rob Packham, Kerry Meyer, implored Western Cape High Court judge, Elize Meyer to see her father for what he truly is: a wonderful, loving and caring man who is not naturally-inclined to aggression.
As reported by EWN, judge Steyn was very critical of Packham’s nonchalance in reacting to his wife’s disappearance. Gill Packham, a former school secretary, was found in the trunk of her burnt car, at Diep River train station in February 2018.
Kerry Meyer pleads for father’s leniency
Steyn found Packham guilty of his wife’s murder, criticising his defence for failing to cast doubt on the state’s solid case. At the mitigation of sentencing, The Packham divided family got the opportunity to engage with the judge.
Meyer, who is two years older than Nicola Packham, told the court about the other side of the killer. The 28-year-old described her father as a reliable parent
“He was always somebody I could go to for advice. For working life, studying, he was always there to listen and to help wherever he could,” she said.
Meyer noted that the family was going through an incredibly difficult period.
Barely able to contain her emotions, Packham’s daughter testified that the family was receiving professional help in dealing with the tragedy of losing two parents.
Before she was excused from the stand, the 28-year-old asked Steyn to allow Packham to have the opportunity to impact the lives of his future grandchildren.
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The State, in response to Meyer’s testimony, submitted Gill’s sisters’ statement on the conviction. In their reaction, Sue and Helen Humphrey stated that justice has prevailed.
“The outcome by Judge Steyn allows us to acknowledge that justice has occurred for our sister,” the sisters said.
The matter has since been adjourned until 10 June for sentence arguments. It is expected that the sentencing will be held two days later.