As his estranged wife lay bleeding on the floor of their luxury Summerstrand home, a bullet lodged in her jaw, Port Elizabeth doctor Mkhuseli Boto – holding a cocked small silver pistol – allegedly remarked that he had “shot that dog”, writes Kathryn Kimberley for The Herald.
That, along with accusations of an affair, a suicide note and an investigating officer’s fears that 50-year-old Boto would hunt down the wounded mother-of-three so that he could finish her off, were heard in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday 9 September during a bail hearing.
With an impressive list of assets, including property valued at nearly R8m, flashy cars and jewellery, the prosecution said it was opposed to Boto’s release from custody because he had the means to flee.
Boto, a general practitioner with a practice in NU7, Motherwell, was arrested on the morning of 31 August after he allegedly shot his wife, Tabita (36) in the face before attempting to commit suicide by injecting himself with an unknown substance, believed to have been insulin.
Tabita, also a doctor in Nelson Mandela Bay, survived, but had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the bullet in her jaw.
Mkhuseli Boto will plead not guilty to a charge of attempted murder, but has opted not to reveal his defence. The state and defence were due to present final arguments before Magistrate Ramona van Vuuren’s ruling on a bail application…
Full report on The Herald site
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