Cape Town – Denver Mcwayne Marimuthu, 30, was this week reportedly sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Durban High Court after pleading guilty to murder and three counts of assault.
According to IOL, Marimuthu repeatedly stabbed his wife of three months Roxanne Thanthoni, 31, with a Shogun kitchen knife at their home in Watsonia.
The incident occurred on March 1, 2020, whilst Thanthoni was getting ready for church.
After the gruesome act, Marimuthu also assaulted their landlord before fleeing in Thanthoni’s Hyundai i10. He was later arrested near his parent’s home in KwaDukuza and charged with murder.
Marimuthu and Thanthoni met in 2018 at a church service. At the time Marimuthu was struggling with a drug problem and was part of a drug rehabilitation programme the church was running, according to Opera News.
Thanthoni later found Marimuthu a telesales job at her company. However, the problem began when Marimuthu found out that Thanthoni’s ex-boyfriend was also working in the same company and that he was still in contact with Thanthoni.
He confronted the ex at the workplace, grabbed his hand and headbutted him with a caution that he stay away from the deceased.
Prior to her death, Thanthoni received a threat from her husband that she would be leaving in a body bag.
Marimuthu was charged with murder and theft along with four counts of assault after he allegedly physically accosted Thanthoni’s ex-boyfriend, her parents, and the couple’s landlord in separate incidents.
He was sentenced to three months imprisonment for each count of assault and 20 years for murder.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo