‘Staged hijacking’: accused widow in court again

2011-06-02 00:00

A 29-YEAR-OLD woman, Thenjiwe Ignatia Griffiths of Imbali, made another brief appearance in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday in connection with the murder of her husband, Allan Griffiths (60), in 2006.

The case is enrolled for trial on January 30 next year.

The state alleges that Griffiths, a pensioner, was killed in an allegedly staged hijacking near Colenso in the midlands on January 20, 2006.

According to the indictment, Griffiths was an alcoholic who met the accused at a club in Richards Bay and married her soon afterwards. After some weeks he decided to end the marriage, claiming his wife was assaulting him and being abusive towards him. She allegedly “controlled” his movements and stopped him making contact with his family.

The prosecution alleges that on the day in question the accused had arranged for killers to pose as hitch-hikers on the road between Gauteng and KZN that she and her husband were to travel on.

Griffiths allegedly stopped his car, a Toyota Corolla, to offer his wife’s “accomplices” a lift, and in the Colenso area they allegedly attacked and assaulted him.

Griffiths was allegedly strangled and sustained chest injuries. He died of asphyxia.

His wife, meanwhile, was allegedly dropped off at the side of the road and made her way to the police station at Estcourt where she made a statement saying she and her husband were the victims of a hijacking.

The killers allegedly drove off in Griffiths’ vehicle and dumped his body on a deserted district road before driving to the N3 highway, where they abandoned the car.

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