A Port Elizabeth man who killed his ex-wife and her male friend 15 years ago has been released on bail almost a year after another alleged attack – this time on his second wife.
The Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court released Martin Stevens, 48, of Algoa Park, on bail of R5 000 after a psychiatrist found him fit to stand trial.
The case against Stevens, represented by lawyer Alwyn Griebenow, was postponed to September 20 for further investigation.
He faces a charge of attempted murder.
Stevens has been in custody since October, when he allegedly stabbed his estranged wife, Anna-Marie, 44, multiple times outside a friend’s flat in Sydenham.
He eventually handed himself over to police five days later after initially going on the run.
The attack was allegedly sparked by jealousy.
In 2000, Stevens was acquitted of the murder of his first wife, Hettie, 31, and her friend, Colin Rosslee, 36, whom he believed were lovers.
He shot the pair before turning the gun on himself. His face was permanently disfigured.
The Port Elizabeth High Court acquitted him of the double murder after it was found he had suffered a psychotic episode.
After months in custody while the state tried to secure him a bed in Fort England Psychiatric Hospital, and a brief stint under psychiatric evaluation, a report finding Stevens mentally fit to stand trial was presented to the court.
He was released on bail last week and warned – as part of his bail conditions – not to contact Anna- Marie or any other state witnesses, and to report to the Algoa Park police station once a day between 8am and 4pm.
In addition, he may not leave the Nelson Mandela Bay precinct without permission . He was ordered to be back in court on September 20, when it is likely a trial date will be arranged. He will be tried as a first offender.