Woman on trial for staged hijack

2011-04-04 00:00

A 29-YEAR-OLD woman from Imbali, Thenjiwe Ignatia Griffiths, is to stand trial in the high court later this year for the murder of her late husband, Allan Griffiths (60) in an allegedly staged hijacking near Colenso in the KwaZulu Natal midlands on January 20, 2006.

The state alleges in its indictment that Griffiths, a pensioner, was an alcoholic. He allegedly met the accused at a club in Richards Bay and married her soon after meeting her.

However after a number of weeks Griffiths decided he wanted to end the marriage, and claimed his wife was assaulting and being abusive towards him.

According to the indictment Griffiths approached an attorney, and also obtained a domestic violence interdict against his wife.

“The accused controlled the deceased to such an extent that he had no freedom of movement,” the indictment states.

She also allegedly stopped him making contact with his family.

It is alleged that at some stage the accused decided to have her husband killed and obtained the services of people who would help her to kill him.

In terms of a prearranged plan, the accused allegedly arranged for the killers to pose as hitch-hikers on the road she and Griffiths were to travel on en route between Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal in the early hours of January 20, 2006.

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 stranged and sustained chest injuries during the assault on him. 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 in Estcourt where she made a statement alleging she and her husband were the victims of a hijacking.

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

Thenjiwe Griffiths — who is on bail — appeared briefly before Judge Mohini Murugasen in the high court on Friday, but was not asked to plead to the charges facing her.

The case was postponed to June 1.

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