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No bail for man accused of killing ex-wife

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The accused violated a protection order when he entered his ex-wife, Mandy Bailey’s home in Main Street, Beaconsfield on December 27 2023 and allegedly shot her in the bedroom in the presence of his nine-year-old stepdaughter.

Murder accused Alberto Matthews was denied bail in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court. Picture: Soraya Crowie

MURDER accused Alberto Matthews, 45, did not seem perturbed when he was denied bail in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court this week.

He reminded the gallery that “there is still the high court,” before he walked back to the cells.

The accused violated a protection order when he entered his ex-wife, Mandy Bailey’s home in Main Street, Beaconsfield on December 27 2023 and allegedly shot her in the bedroom in the presence of his nine-year-old stepdaughter.

The firearm apparently jammed when he pointed the firearm at his 20-year-old stepdaughter and brother-in-law.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions will make a decision on July 3 as to whether the case will be heard in the regional or Northern Cape High Court.

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During his bail hearing Matthews denied being responsible for any of the injuries that were inflicted on the deceased and stated that they had separated a month earlier.

He questioned whether the investigating officer noticed any love bites on the deceased’s body during the autopsy.

The investigating officer, Colonel Doggie Magugu, from the SAPS provincial detective unit testified that he observed “blood, bullet wounds and bruises” and indicated that the deceased was a victim of domestic violence and abuse.

“According to the child, the accused shot her mother, without provocation. She had merely asked what he was doing in her house. The girl fell off the bed screaming where the deceased tried to cover her with a pillow and blanket.”

Magugu pointed out that eyewitnesses who saw the accused leaving the bedroom after firing the shots, knew him well as they used to live together.

“He was also not on good terms with his eldest stepdaughter and had threatened to kill her while she protected her mother whenever he tried to assault her.”

He stated that two shots were fired although there were three entry wounds.

“The one bullet behind her ear went behind her brain while the other bullet to her breast ricocheted, resulting in two bullet wounds to her chest.“

Magugu said a stakeout was held outside a bottle store in Long Street, where the vehicle in which the accused had fled the crime scene, was parked that night.

“The accused however never appeared. He was later spotted at a house in Beaconsfield where the Tactical Response Team apprehended him.

He added that a 7.65 mm firearm was found in his jacket along with seven rounds of ammunition in the magazine as well as an additional 21 live rounds of ammunition that was kept in a sock inside his pocket.

“The accused told the arresting officer that he had caught him in time because he was about to kill himself. A live round was found at the crime scene along with an empty shell that matched the 7.65 mm firearm. At the time of his arrest, he indicated that he was staying with the deceased in Main Road and did not provide any alternative addresses.”

Magugu explained that the accused was involved in a relationship with the deceased following the divorce.

“The deceased chased the accused away in November 2023 due to his abusive behaviour. The accused was short tempered and assaulted the deceased on a regular basis. Despite a restraining order, he threatened to kill her. He bought an illegal firearm where the serial numbers were filed off.

Members of the gallery who attended the bail hearing of Alberto Matthews. Picture Soraya Crowie

“On that day he was out for war. The barbaric act was premeditated and well executed. The accused was on a mission to kill – when he told a friend ‘I am not done yet’, it could mean many things including that he may harm or eliminate the witnesses.”

Magugu pointed out that a petition with over 1,300 signatures was handed in by various gender-based violence and femicide groups.

“The state has a very strong case and if found guilty, the accused could face a lengthy prison sentence. Family members were hysterical when they heard that he was going ahead with the bail application.”

He added that the accused was sentenced to four years imprisonment after being found guilty of attempted murder in 2016.

“He stabbed his ex-girlfriend 19 times while she also suffered blunt force trauma to her head and body. She left him because of the abuse.”

Legal representative for the accused, Etienne Mathewson, stated that his client was the sole breadwinner and he would not be able to provide for his three children, sister and mother if he remained in custody.

“He is employed as a Bolt driver and stands to lose his job.”

Mathewson added that Matthews would be forced to make use of Legal Aid South Africa if his bail was denied and said he was able to afford bail of R2,000.

He stated that the accused had only served eight months of his four-year sentence after he was convicted of attempted murder.

“My client is being painted as being a vicious man. “

Magistrate Kubashnie Padaychee believed that the accused would pose a threat to the witnesses.

“He knows their identities as well as where they stay. He also does not have a good relationship with them. The family of the deceased deserve closure and answers.”

She was of the opinion that the accused would disregard any bail conditions after disobeying the protection order.

“He was sent to jail for attempted murder and has not reformed. He also did not care for the wellbeing of the nine-year-old minor child who may be caught in the crossfire if he goes on the rampage again.”

Murder accused Alberto Matthews appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court this week. Picture: Soraya Crowie
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