Wife charged in South Africa death

A 71-year-old retired Dane has been found dead in South Africa - and his wife, her sister and brother are charged with his murder

The body of an elderly Caucasian male discovered 60km from Cape Town, South Africa, a few days ago, turned out to be a 71-year-old Danish retiree who had disappeared last week.

The body of Preben Povlsen was found in a decomposed state close to his home in Gordon Bay outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

The man and two women from Uganda who had been arrested this weekend for kidnapping, turned out to be Povlsen's 30-year-old wife, her sister and brother.

At the preliminary hearing early yesterday morning, the brother confessed his part in the crime. He denied legal assistance, saying he 'wanted the case over and done with'.

The 30-year-old woman and her sister will be heard before a preliminary hearing today.

Apart from murder, the three siblings will also be charged with obstructing the investigation.

Povlsen disappeared on the way to the golf course last Monday. But his wife didn't report him missing until the following evening.

According to the prosecution, Povlsen was murdered with a knife or sharp object. The crime allegedly took place between the 14th and 16th of January in his holiday residence. His body was dumped at Blouberg Beach shortly after.

Povlsen, a former civil servant, and his wife, lived in Farum outside of Copenhagen, but owned a holiday home in Gordon's Bay near Cape Town where they spent vacations with their two children.

Evidence points towards a family clash that spun out of control.

The trial will continue next week.

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