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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.