Murder accused wife’s testimony queried

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

Pietermaritzburg - The testimony of a woman accused of killing her husband was disputed in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday.

Thenjiwe Ignatia Griffiths, 31, claimed she met pensioner Alan Griffiths, 60, in Pietermaritzburg, but according to an affidavit by him, they met in a Richard's Bay haven for prostitutes.

The affidavit was made before his death in an divorce application.

In it, Alan Griffiths said he found out that Thenjiwe was a prostitute. He got drunk, took her home and paid her R1300 to spend the night.

He said he made the mistake of marrying her, and that she assaulted him, locked him up and took his money and car.

On Tuesday, she testified that they met on a street in Pietermaritzburg. Thereafter, she phoned him and went to Richard's Bay. She stayed with him and married him in April 2005.

She claimed he was killed when they were hijacked near Colenso in January 2006.

However, according to the indictment, she is accused of getting two accomplices to pose as hitch-hikers. The couple picked them up and the hitch-hikers subsequently strangled Griffiths.

Thenjiwe claimed that he paid R20,000 lobola to marry her. She told the court she loved him, but that they slept in different rooms as he was an alcoholic and became obnoxious.

Prosecutor Dorian Paver said Alan Griffiths made the affidavit, and said that at one stage he was unable to pay an employee of 12-years as there was no money in his wallet and his car had been taken.

Paver asked Thenjiwe to explain why her husband had made such comments about her, in light of her statement that they had a loving relationship.

She said it was possible that someone else could have written the statement for him.

The trial continues.


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