Martin Stevens again expected in court for violent attack on estranged wife

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Port Elizabeth cabinetmaker, Martin Stevens, who is accused of stabbing his estranged second wife multiple times last Wednesday evening before going on the run for four days, is again expected in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. He briefly appeared in the court on Tuesday morning and was remanded in custody.

Stevens is being held at St Albans Prison and faces a charge of attempted murder.

He handed himself in at the Mount Road police station on Monday morning accompanied by his lawyer, Dean Murray.

Meanwhile, his wife, Anne-Marie Stevens, is still at Livingstone Hospital.

Anna-Marie's sister, Marthie Michau, told News24, that the couple was in the process of getting a divorce after she had accused him of strangling her months before. Marthie said Anna-Marie was paralysed from the waist down after the attack.

Fifteen years ago, in 2000, Martin was acquitted of killing his first wife, Johanna, a nurse in Port Elizabeth.

Anna-Marie, was attacked in her vehicle as she was arriving at a friend's house.

"As the friend was trying to open the gate, the suspect [allegedly]  jumped into the car and proceeded to stab her with a blunt object multiple times," said Police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

A few hours later, Stevens posted an apology on Facebook to his wife, saying he did not want to hurt her and urged her to tell the truth.

Stevens wrote in Afrikaans, "Just tell my wife I love her very much. Did not want to hurt her. But all the stuff she accused me of, none of it is true. It was like a cancer eating at me please take care of Ruwayne and Martin [believed to be his sons].

"Sorry my wife, I came tonight just to talk to you. Love you lots. Just tell the truth please my wife. I was really not guilty. You always got only the best from me. Why did you really leave me? Again another man? Why couldn't you do it in the right way if you wanted to leave me. I ask again, why all the lies?

"You know you hurt yourself on the boat. No, now I strangled you and jumped on your chest. Tell everyone now why you did that. What I'm going to do now I'm not doing because I am guilty. Í'm doing it because of the pain I have been walking with for three months. You threw me away like a bag of rotten potatoes."

Martins faces a chrge of attempted murder.

---additional reporting News24wire