Port Elizabeth – A man who has been on the run after his
estranged wife was stabbed repeatedly, has turned himself in, Eastern Cape
police said on Monday.
Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said Martin Stevens handed
himself in shortly after 11:00, accompanied by his lawyer.
Stevens had called police hours before, asking that he be
given until Monday morning to turn himself in at Mount Road police station in
He faces a charge of attempted murder after his estranged
wife, Anna-Marie, was stabbed several times last week.
Stevens had previously been acquitted for killing his first
wife in the early 2000s after the judge declared him mentally unfit.
Stevens will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court
on Tuesday morning.
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 Janse van Rensburg.
A few hours later, Stevens posted an apology to his wife on
Facebook, 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. I’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.”
According to Anna-Marie’s sister, Marthie Michau, the couple
was in the process of getting a divorce after she had accused him of strangling
her months before.