State questions how dedicated Packham was to discovering lacking spouse

The State on Tuesday questioned Rob Packham’s dedication to discovering his lacking spouse and, after her physique was discovered, conserving updated with police’s efforts to seek out the perpetrators.

Throughout his second day on the stand, prosecutor Susan Galloway continued her cross-examination of his testimony on the place he went and what he did across the time of Gill Packham’s disappearance and homicide on February 22, 2018.

One of many issues she questioned about was why Packham didn’t personally enlist the assistance of family and friends by posting one thing on social media to seek out his lacking spouse.

Packham stated that he and his daughter Nicola had chatted round 17:30 or 18:00 that day about her suggestion to put up one thing on Fb.

He stated he additionally mentioned this along with his sister Judith after they had dinner and recalled a put up already being up on Fb by then.

Not a big sufficient Fb community

“At that time limit you had been trying to find your spouse the entire day. You alone. You have been the one one who was trying to find your spouse actively, on the market. You were not getting anyplace,” stated Galloway.

Packham shook his head to verify he had not made a lot progress regardless of driving round.

“You didn’t discover any hint of her, neither did you discover any hint of her automotive,” she continued. He agreed.

Galloway requested why Packham hadn’t personally posted a timeous alert on social media.

He admitted that he had not considered utilizing Fb throughout the course of the day. He additionally stated he didn’t suppose he had a big sufficient community on Fb.

She additionally questioned why he by no means took the recommendation of a police officer at Wynberg police station to move from there to the Diep River station to signal types and get a reference quantity for a lacking individual case.

“I had supposed to do it on my option to my sister’s however for some cause I forgot,” he stated.

“I felt the knowledge had been shared with them and I didn’t have a photograph of Gill with me… He stated the knowledge could be despatched by.”


Galloway stated he had testified about telling the investigating officer, Sergeant Ivan Sonnenberg, that he was too drained to talk that evening and had made an appointment for the subsequent day, which he missed.

Packham stated he had been unable to sleep and drove alongside the coast, feeling much more involved and in shock than he had the evening earlier than.

“I went previous all the gorgeous view spots Gill and I used to go, questioning how this might probably have occurred to us,” he stated, including that he unwittingly missed his appointment with Sonnenberg.

In a traumatised state, he stated he couldn’t recall phoning or visiting Sonnenberg the primary few days after his spouse’s physique was discovered.

Galloway requested why he did not “camp out on the doorstep” of the police to get solutions. He replied that they have been ready for DNA outcomes and he did not wish to hound the police.

She requested if he enquired in regards to the investigation or whether or not anybody had been caught, after the physique was recognized.

Packham replied that he requested for information when Sonnenberg was at his dwelling.

He stated he did not go to the police as a result of he and his daughters have been seeing Sonnenberg daily or two.

Packham’s trial continues on Wednesday.

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