Griffiths told: Whole story a lie

2013-12-06 00:00

IT was suggested to murder accused Thenjiwe Griffiths (31) yesterday that her evidence relating to the murder of her late husband Allan (60) in 2006 was a “tissue of lies from beginning to end”.

Cross examining Griffiths, state advocate Dorian Paver suggested that far from having a loving relationship with her much older, alcoholic husband, she’d married him for his money in April 2005, and after spending it, she — with the help of others — had murdered him in a staged hijacking incident near Colenso in January 2006.

Paver said it was strange that the men Griffiths claims hijacked them, didn’t shoot her husband but chose to strangle him even though she alleged they had a gun.

They also abandoned the car next to the N3 and burnt the inside after going to a lot of trouble to take it.

A bag that Griffiths identified as her late husband’s, and a wallet with bank cards that appeared to be his, were still in the vehicle.

Paver said it was also odd that when Allan’s body was found, his identity document was in his top pocket, giving the impression it was deliberately put there so he could be identified if he wasn’t found quickly.

“I suggest to you that you were not assaulted by police as you allege, and that you pointed out the place where your husband’s body was found to the police,” Paver said to Griffiths yesterday. She replied that was not true.

Griffiths said detective Musa Ndlela spotted her late husband’s body lying in the long grass next to a gravel road in the Colenso area from the back of a bakkie, and he and his colleague Mebra Nzimande lied by saying she’d directed them to it.

Griffiths admitted under cross examination that her version of the hijacking in her initial police statement differed from her evidence given in court.

In her statement she said one of the hijackers tried to rape her inside the car, but in court she testified the attempt took place outside the car.

She maintains that when car lights approached, the hijackers sped away, leaving her behind.

Griffiths also said that she was tired when she made her first statement to the police.

The case is proceeding.

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