‘He is a wife-beating monster’

2010-12-11 00:00

CONVICTED wife murderer Emmanuel Donnelly was a monster who stalked his wife Tania, and who would beat her up for arriving home from work a few minutes late.

These revelations were made by Tania’s sister Savatia Thompson yesterday after she decided to let the public know about what her sister had to endure at the hands of “the monster”.

She said her sister had no control of her finances, could not provide for her children and if she needed money she had to explain to her husband what she needed the money for. However, the house they lived in actually belonged to Tania.

Explaining his actions after he pleaded guilty, Donnelly told the court he cracked after Tania had an affair with a supervisor at work, but Thompson told a different story.

“The supervisor Donnelly refers to is a colleague who was kind enough to give my sister a lift to the taxi rank regularly after she had picked up her baby daughter from the crèche after work. It was his conclusion that they were involved,” said Thompson.

Thompson said Donnelly was the one who was unfaithful.

On Christmas Day in 2005 Donnelly was seen kissing his girlfriend on the street and later brought her to the house.

“We were having dinner when he brought her in and introduced her as his colleague. This is the man who would go to church and come back and abuse his wife physically and emotionally,” she said.

At one stage Tania was attending an overnight work function in Durban when the husband phoned her at about 10 pm telling her to get back home.

“He said he didn’t care how she got her a**e back to Pietermaritzburg that same night. The next day he beat her up badly.

“Every time he beat her up he would apologise and promise not to do it again. The court was too lenient because the man deserves more than 15 years in jail,” she said.

In April the couple’s relationship became even more strained and Tania moved in with her sister.

On the day he killed her, Donnelly bought flowers and took them to her workplace where, while they talked, he shot her four times. She died in hospital the same day. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail last week.

Donnelly’s eldest son, Alfonzo (16), corroborated the allegations of abuse, saying that living with his father has been a nightmare.

“One time he beat me up with a leather belt until my back was cut open. I had not taken a key to granny,” said the boy.

The other family involved in the tragedy, Donnelly’s, has a somewhat different view of the situation.

His sister, Margaret Barnes, said her brother committed a serious crime, but said people should ask why he did it.

“He would come and complain about issues in his marriage so we need to look at how both parties had contributed towards this tragedy,” said Barnes.

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