Wife-murderer Rob Packham was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Elizabeth Steyn at the Western Cape High Court yesterday. An additional sentence for defeating the ends of justice means his sentence is effectively 22 years, notes a TimesLIVE report.

The 58-year-old Constantia businessman was convicted last month of killing his wife of 30 years, Gill, in February 2018. Her body was found in the boot of her burning car at Diep River railway station.

Packham was sentenced to four years for defeating the ends of justice by attempting to cover up the murder.

Two years of the shorter sentence will run concurrently with the murder sentence.

Packham’s lack of emotion and extramarital affair have been at the forefront of court proceedings since he was arrested in March 2018.

‘No remorse has been demonstrated by the accused, even during sentencing, by electing not to testify,’ said prosecutor Susan Galloway, as she argued for a life sentence.

The sentence imposed by Steyn is above the prescribed 15-year minimum for a first-time killer.

Full TimesLIVE report