Griffiths defiant after court ruling

2014-12-10 00:00

THENJIWE Griffiths was defiant yesterday in the face of a judge’s findings that she was a “conniving” killer.

Her advocate, Shane Matthews, said she vehemently maintains her innocence and disagrees with the court’s finding that she is guilty of the murder and robbery of her late husband, Allan, on January 20, 2006.

He was strangled near Colenso and robbed of his car in what the court ruled was a faked hijacking orchestrated by his wife.

Judge Rishi Seegobin will sentence Griffiths (32) today.

State advocate Dorian Paver has urged the court to impose a life sentence on her.

He said Griffiths hasn’t given up the names of her cohorts who must have helped strangle and rob her husband.

Judge Rishi Seegobin rejected Griffith’s testimony that she loved her husband — who was admittedly an alcoholic — and that she didn’t kill him.

“It seems highly improbable that a young woman like the accused would develop a love relationship with an old drunk she had no intention of even sharing a bed with,” the judge said.

He accepted that she met Allan while working as a prostitute at a Richards Bay nightclub.

He said Griffiths’s conduct after the couple married in April 2005 suggested she was “not interested in him [her husband] but in his money and material things”, and what she would inherit from him.

The evidence showed she had abused and maltreated Allan, deprived him of his freedom and “completely controlled” him after they married.

He’d told his sister and attorney he’d made a “huge mistake” and was intent on divorcing her. He also obtained a protection order against her.

Judge Seegobin rejected defence submissions that the case was “about racism” because Griffiths’ family disapproved of him marrying a black woman.

“This case has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with greed and the manner the deceased [Allan Griffiths] was maltreated and abused by the accused,” he said.

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