Killed" Hubby wanted to end wedding

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.

After some weeks he decided he wanted a divorce and approached an attorney, where he also obtained a domestic violence interdict against his wife. It is alleged that at some stage the accused decided to have her husband killed.

She 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 to offer his wife’s accomplices a lift. Griffiths was strangled and 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 that 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 abandoning the car in Durban.

Thenjiwe, 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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