He denied murder, claiming her death was suicide.

Its charred remains were demolished about two months later. The son is Colin Bouwer jnr, 26, who goes on trial in the Johannesburg High Court this month to answer a charge of strangling his wife Ria, 23, at their Kempton Park home in 1999. While Collin was charged for the murder in South Africa, his father was jailed for life in Dunedin, New Zealand, after murdering his wife. After Ria's death the child lived with Collin and Kruger. Kruger helped her son tamper with the crime scene to look as if his wife was attacked, raped, and then killed by intruders. Collin and Ria started to date each other while still in high school. In November 2001, a jury took less than three hours to find him guilty. Last week the 54-year-old pleaded guilty in the Johannesburg High Court to concealing the gruesome murder of her daughter-in-law, Ria Bouwer. He left South Africa shortly after being declared an "impaired" doctor by the South African Health Professions Council due to a pethidine addiction. In particular he asked how likely an insulin injection was to be determined as the cause of death. Mariette Kruger's life has all the hallmarks of a soapie. However, his youngest daughter had applied for a protection order against him. Norden, who remained at the address, was spoken to by officers. "We are concerned about the numerous untruths that Mr Bouwer has told over the years and find it difficult to ascertain where the truth lies," the board noted. His defence at the trial was suicide, not assisted suicide, More said. More said Bouwer always considered that his wife had an underlying illness, and she refused to get medical help. - eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz Dr. Andrew Bowers, who had treated Annette, refused to sign her death certificate without a post-mortem. The Vicar was puzzled by Bouwer's behaviour and stated that the house seemed to have been disinfected. US election: America's got a bad case of leader envy, Live: Five new Covid cases, including the Christchurch community case, Gang member killed in head-on motorcycle crash received his patch days earlier, Teen obsessed with serial killers sentenced to supervision for stabbing woman six times, Lockdown lifted at West Auckland schools, police speaking to person, Ruapehu bus crash inquest: Driver says he wasn't trained to deal with emergencies, Live: Melbourne Cup 2020 at Flemington racecourse, Christchurch's Covid-19 community case a health worker at isolation facility, Quiz: Afternoon trivia challenge November 3 2020, Two dead, 15 wounded in Vienna terror attack. "As a child Ria was severely abused - her mother used a military belt to punish her." The South African-born psychiatrist was convicted of murder after he slowly poisoned his wife Annette Bouwer, 47, who died at their Dunedin home in January 2000.

They reported the murder to the police. Mrs Bouwer was admitted to hospital in a coma twice in November 1999. The police found a string of email inquiries he had sent to hypoglycaemia experts, claiming he was a forensic psychiatrist. [6], Bouwer was born in 1950. She underwent a series of surgical treatments and her son Collin was the only one to support her during the ordeal.

[23], "When a murderous shrink moved to a trusting coastal town, both had a surprise in store", "Dunedin wife murderer Colin Bouwer paroled and to be deported to South Africa", "Colin Bouwer: Professor of Psychiatry and murderer", "Murder show portrayed the 'monster' in the man", "Psychiatrist who poisoned wife gets longer sentence", "Bouwer discussed 'perfect crime', court told", "Wife-killer Bouwer still an 'undue risk' | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News", "Wife killer Colin Bouwer spends time in hospital", "Colin Bouwer declines parole to avoid deportation", "Wife killer Colin Bouwer loses deportation bid", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Colin_Bouwer&oldid=983491991, People convicted of murder by New Zealand, Prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment by New Zealand, South African prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment, People with antisocial personality disorder, Articles with short description added by PearBOT 5, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 October 2020, at 14:58. The court further heard that: "It appears that the daughter blamed her parents for her pregnancy. Other aggravating factors included the risk caused by the fire, the abuse of his daughters' trust, and the extent of damage. [1] After moving to New Zealand, he became the head of psychological medicine at Dunedin Hospital. The parole board's decision confirmed Bouwer will need to see a psychologist before he appears before the board in August 2016. Nothing in the couple's home appeared to have been stolen and there were no signs of forced entry. At college, she became involved in a loveless relationship, fell pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl, Henriette, on December 7, 1969.

A protection order was granted in favour of the other daughter.
Collin Bouwer's case will continue in the Johannesburg High Court on Monday. "Every case is considered on its merits but it is usual for NZ to deport a foreign national who has served a prison sentence and falls within its remit," a spokesman said.

[5] On 19 November 2001, the jury took less than two hours to find him guilty (at the time, one of the fastest murder verdicts in years)[16] and he was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 13 years. "During this period he became heavily addicted to drugs.

Annette was subjected to months of medical tests, including an operation. [19][20] In late 2016, he petitioned Craig Foss, requesting that Foss intervene and cancel his deportation order, but Foss refused. "One daughter has some schoolmates who thought that she was the surviving daughter, and was adopted out." He had been declared an impaired doctor by South African authorities during the 1980s. The right to appeal from New Zealand-based courts to the United Kingdom-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was abolished from January 1, 2004 with the establishment of the Supreme Court. I am sure Mark Lundy, Colin Bouwer, or Ben McLean, to name but a few, will be pleased to hear that. ", Bouwer committed the crime within two years of being granted a New Zealand residence permit, and was served a deportation order in 2002. Collin is talkative. "Mr Bouwer professes to be a changed man," the board noted. The court also heard Bouwer had a history of abusing pethidine, a pain-relief drug. She said Collin had to bottle-feed, bath and ensure that the baby slept well. A South African father and son face charges of murdering their wives in separate court room dramas playing out on two continents. He has since been described as a psychopath. .

Colin Bouwer will spend another year in prison before being deported, but not before an appeal against his murder conviction is lodged. A University of Pretoria graduate, he was addicted to the painkiller pethedine and was declared an "impaired" doctor in South Africa between 1981 and 1992. Her anguish began when she was just 11 years old. Bouwer was arrested in September 15, 2000, following a lengthy police investigation that also including surveillance of his phonecalls. He's a very gentle man." It was because his wife was Jewish that Bouwer objected to a post-mortem, maintaining she had to be buried within 48 hours. Colin Bouwer denies murdering his wife, claiming now it was assisted suicide. "If Corrections wanted him to see a psychologist before he was paroled they have had 15 years to it . Kruger did not like her daughter-in-law and her animosity replayed itself during her plea for mitigation.

"Ria was an introvert who could spent more than two hours without a word and my son is a direct contrast to her. During the trial Bouwer was quoted by Brenda Ruddock, his wife's sister in South Africa, claiming it would be "easy to commit the perfect murder in New Zealand because the police were not equipped to handle complicated cases". However, as an accelerant was used there was a small element of pre-meditation, he said.

On Tuesday, he returned for sentencing via audio visual link from Whanganui Prison. However, under the Supreme Court Act 2003, certain appeals can continue to be determined by the Privy Council. The father is former Cape Town psychiatrist Colin Bouwer, 50, who is accused in New Zealand of poisoning his wife Annette, 47, last year.