According to the investigating officer, Raymond Gregory Papapavlou’s wife, Simone, will be arrested as soon as she is located, Tshepo Mogano, testified in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo on Monday. However, another police officer involved in the case apparently indicated that there was not enough evidence to arrest her.
According to the indictment, Simone allegedly conspired with Patricia Ray Lee Smith to kill her husband. Smith was arrested last month in connection with the murder, and her bail application is being heard today. She is facing charges of murder and conspiracy to murder.
However, several apparent inconsistencies in the investigation into the murder came to light in court.
These include conflicting statements of lt.col. Jan de Lange, who was previously involved in the investigation and sergeant. Mogano who received the dossier after Smith’s arrest.
According to Mogano, there are enough grounds for Simone’s arrest. De Lange apparently prevented Simone from handing her over to the police last month because he believed that there was not enough evidence to arrest her.
Both women’s cellphone records were checked, and it apparently came to light that they had been planning and discussing the murder on WhatsApp for some time. The cellphone records farm apparently also for Smith in the vicinity of the farm a few hours before Papapavlou was killed on 4 October.
However, the defense submitted a slip to the court, showing that Smith had ordered a takeaway that evening to be delivered to her home in Johannesburg. The order was placed at 18:56 – about the same time that the cellphone records show that Smith was in the farm’s vicinity.