Carter murder trial to resume next month

Murder accused William Carter at an earlier court appearance.

The trial of a 71-year-old man from Marina Da Gama who allegedly stabbed his wife to death will continue in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court next month.

William Carter was granted bail of R20 000 in January, and his bail conditions state that he may not make contact with state witnesses and that he is under house arrest.

Mr Carter faces a charge of murder after his wife, Fran Carter, 66, was found dead on the kitchen floor of the couple’s home in Uitsig Road, Marina Da Gama, in October last year. She had stab wounds to her head and back (“Appeal for bail,” Echo December 17, 2020).

She was declared dead at the scene, and Mr Carter was found outside the house with a gunshot wound to his stomach. The couple had been separated for the past five years.

Mr Carter claimed they had been attacked by two men and he had been shot during a scuffle for the gun. He was arrested in the parking lot of Mediclinic Constantiaberg, where he had been treated for his injuries, following his discharge on Monday October 26.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the matter was postponed in February to finalise the investigation and would resume in court on Tuesday August 3.