No bail for accused widow

2015-08-07 10:38
Thenjiwe Griffiths during her trial.

Thenjiwe Griffiths during her trial. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - A high court judge has refused to grant bail to convicted murderer Thenjiwe Griffiths, 33, who is serving a life sentence for the 2006 murder and robbery of her husband, Allan Lewis Griffiths, 60.

Griffiths was granted leave to appeal against her conviction and sentence in May this year.

Her subsequent application for bail pending her appeal was opposed by State advocate Dorian Paver.

In a reserved judgment handed down on Thursday, Judge Rishi Seegobin said Griffiths stands convicted of serious offences and the fact that she was granted leave to appeal against her convictions did not entitle her to bail.

Griffiths was sentenced last December to life imprisonment for the murder of her husband (who was an alcoholic), and to 15 years’ imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances of his car, which was taken when he was killed.

The husband was found strangled in long grass next to the roadside near Colenso on January 20, 2006.

The judge said the risk of her absconding, now that she’s been convicted and sentenced, is much greater than before.

Griffiths has been granted leave to appeal her conviction and sentence to a full bench (three judges) of the KZN High Court.
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