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'Wicket' wife accused of poisoning cricket star to inherit £400,000

THE widow of a South African Test cricketer who died suddenly last year is at the centre of a scandal over allegations that she is a serial adulterer who poisoned him for his fortune.

Karen-Anne Bosch (28), who inherited the £400,000 estate of her husband Tertius, provoked outrage among family members after moving her new boyfriend into the marital home shortly after she was widowed, prompting her sister-in-law to launch a private investigation.

Suspicions that Mrs Bosch may have been involved in the death of her husband mounted after an investigator discovered a new will, written by Bosch in 1997, that disinherited her from the family fortune after he discovered she had been conducting a string of extramarital affairs.

Police exhumed Bosch's body earlier this month after Ritta van Wetten, his sister, claimed that he may have been poisoned. A pathologist said that there were indications to support the claim.

The final results are expected to be known this week.

In a further twist, Henry Selzer, Mrs Bosch's boyfriend, has split up with her after complaining of a tingling sensation in his limbs and a lack of feeling down one side of his body the same symptoms that Bosch complained of prior to his sudden death.

Mr Selzer had signed over several life insurance policies to Mrs Bosch and the couple had discussed marriage.

Bosch died on Valentine's Day last year. He had been seriously ill for months and it was generally accepted that he had died from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The disease causes muscle deterioration and paralysis but only 5pc of sufferers die.

A post-mortem examination was not conducted but Mrs van Wetten later hired a private investigator because she suspected foul play.

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Bosch, married Karen-Anne in 1994, three years before retiring from cricket to pursue his career as a dentist. The couple had two children.

Mrs van Wetten said: "Call it a sixth sense, but whatever it was it told me that all was not well."

Lawyers for Mrs Bosch say that she is not guilty of any wrongdoing and are confident she will be exonerated.

(The Times, London)

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