Hijacker did it, says murder accused

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Thenjiwe Griffiths at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Picture: Shan Pillay

Pietermaritzburg - A woman accused of murdering her 60-year-old alcoholic husband told the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday he was killed by hijackers who assaulted her.

Thenjiwa Ignatia Griffiths, 31, said one of the attackers tried to rape her near Colenso in January 2006.

She was testifying after Judge Rishi Seegobin refused an application for her discharge when the prosecution closed its case.

Seegobin said the State had established a prima facie case against her.

The State alleges that she arranged with two accomplices to kill her husband Alan.

It submitted that the attackers pretended to be hitchhikers near Colenso and that she got her husband to pick them up while on a trip from Johannesburg to her mother in Pietermaritzburg.

After he picked them up, they strangled him and he died of asphyxia.

The State alleges that he wanted to end their relationship and had obtained a protection order against her because she interfered with him and would not let him contact his family.

Griffiths claimed they were hijacked and became emotional when she said one of three hijackers made her strip.

However, she escaped. A motorist took her to the Estcourt police station, where she reported the hijacking.

She said she was taken to a room where she was left naked apart from a bra.

She said policemen came to look at her, not to interview or assist her, but to look at her naked. Eventually, a policewoman said she should be given clothes.

She was then taken to the Colenso police station.

The trial continues.


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