Alleged wife killer, Dene Stebuys, stands and smiles in the dock of the Port Elizabeth High Court during a previous appearance. File picture: Raahil Sain/ANA

Port Elizabeth - A 40-year-old man who is charged with brutally beating his wife to death with a rock and stabbing his son is expected back in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday.

The trial of Dene Stebuys got underway in May last year, but has been postponed several times.

Less than a month before Marilyn Stebuys was brutally murdered allegedly by her husband, she obtained an interim protection order against him out of fear that he would kill her and their children. 

She was murdered in June 2016 and Stebuys is charged with her murder, two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault and the contravention of a protection order. 

The children are now in the care of their grandparents and both testified as state witnesses during the trial. Stebuys has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. 

The State alleges that he did not only beat his wife beyond recognition, but also stabbed his son, Denwin, 16, with a knife, when the teenager attempted to diffuse the volatile situation. 

Three applications brought to have Stebuys released on bail have all been refused.

African News Agency/ANA