Mathewson questioned the credibility of the mutual friend who alerted the police to the SMSs. He said she was a member of a swingers club in Cape Town where “everybody knows somebody, you don’t know who is sending messages”.
Sonnenberg said police did not find the device Packham could have used to send the SMSs, despite thoroughly searching his home.
The detective admitted he did not fingerprint the letter purportedly sent by Packham and did not have the SMSs the accused allegedly sent to the mutual friend.
Mathewson also handed a bunch of letters to Sonnenberg, which he said was hate mail Packham had received since October.
“The authors of the mail depict the accused as the anti-Christ with the number 666 on the forehead,” said Mathewson.
He said Packham could not have sent the letter and SMSs, and he was looking forward to his daughter Kerry’s wedding.
In an affidavit, Packham denied breaching his bail conditions. He said he was also aware of scrutiny from his neighbours, who had been misinformed by the media about his bail conditions.
He said police ransacked his home during the search and showed no respect for “Gill’s items which had not been touched since she passed away”.
“They even touched her underwear.”
Judge Elizabeth Baartman will rule on the matter on Thursday afternoon.
According to the state, Packham was bust by licence-plate recognition cameras that showed him driving Gill’s BMW on the day of her disappearance, while cellphone towers showed he was in Constantia.
Gill’s body was found in the car boot after firefighters extinguished the flames. A post-mortem showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
The alarm was raised when she did not arrive for work at the Springfield Convent, a high school in Wynberg, where she was a secretary.