Alleged wife-killer won’t give daughter away as judge revokes bail

On Wednesday, the prosecution argued that by contacting the mutual friend, Packham indirectly tried to approach his former mistress.

“He not only sent [the mutual friend] messages but also may have attempted to make contact with the witness via her,” said prosecutor Susan Galloway.

On December 5, the former mistress complained she had received a letter “from what appears to be the same Richard Hopkins” who had previously sent her electronic messages.

Galloway said Packham resorted to “snail mail” because he was aware e-mails could be traced. “The wording and manner of speech is similar in nature to the previous electronic messages and letters known to be written by the accused,” she said.

“The detail in the letter related to what was discussed during the first application relating to the identity of the writer and the content of the electronic messages. It is submitted that, given the accused’s continued intentional failure to comply with the conditions of bail, his bail be withdrawn and he be kept in custody pending trial.”

Packham’s lawyer, Ben Mathewson, said the father of two had been looking forward to his daughter Kerry’s wedding on Saturday, when he had been due to give her away.

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