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Shrien Dewani 'fit to stand trial' for murder of wife in South Africa

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has been found fit to stand trial in South Africa by a panel of psychiatric experts.

The 34-year-old Bristol businessman is accused of ordering the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anni, who was shot in Cape Town in 2010.

Mr Dewani, who denies murder, was extradited from Britain in April.

He was assessed over 30 days at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Before his extradition, Mr Dewani was detained in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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He lost a three-year battle to avoid trial in South Africa, which he fought on the grounds that his mental health state was too fragile to undergo a trial.

Mr Dewani appeared at the Western Cape High Court earlier where the conclusions of the psychiatric experts were announced.

Director of public prosecutions Rodney de Kock told the court: "The accused is not mentally ill. The accused is not certifiable in terms of the Mental Health Act."

It is understood the findings are not disputed by Mr Dewani's lawyer, Francois van Zyl.

A pre-trial hearing was set for 9 September and Mr Dewani will continue to be detained at Valkenberg Hospital until then.
His wife's sister, Ami Denborg, said: "It's a relief for all of us. We've been waiting quite a long time for this.

"I know this autumn is going to be tough for us, but we still want the trial to start so that we can get the information we need, we can get to know what really happened.

"It feels like we're moving forward. It's still a long way to go but at least we're taking steps in the right direction, and this feels like a huge step in the right direction."

Three men are currently serving jail terms in South African in connection with the death of his Mr Dewani' wife, including taxi driver Zola Tongo, who was given 18 years after admitting his role in the killing.

Xolile Mngeni, who prosecutors claim was the hitman, was convicted of premeditated murder over the shooting.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.

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Post  Freedom on Mon 06 Oct 2014, 10:22 am

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/anni-dewanis-father-tells-wait-justice-174048336.html#XrA2NqF

The trial has at last started.
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Post  candyfloss on Wed 08 Oct 2014, 4:45 pm

Shrien Dewani 'agreed price for wife murder'


Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 when she was killed
 

British businessman Shrien Dewani agreed to pay about £1,300 to a hitman for the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa, a court has been told.
On the second day of the trial in Cape Town, Mziwamadoda Qwabe said he was asked to make it look like a hijacking.
Mr Dewani, 34, from Bristol, denies murdering his wife Anni, 28, on their honeymoon in 2010.
The couple were held at gunpoint while being driven in a taxi through Gugulethu township near Cape Town.
Qwabe told the Western Cape High Court that taxi driver Zola Tonga had told him "there was a husband who wanted his wife to be killed".
Mr Dewani faces five charges, including murder and lying about the circumstances of Swedish national Anni's death.
Mziwamadoda Qwabe has already been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Anni Dewani
Qwabe, from Cape Town, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2012 for the murder of Anni Dewani.
Prosecutors claim Mr Dewani conspired with him, and other Cape Town residents Zola Tongo and Xolile Mngeni.
Qwabe, 29, told the court Tongo phoned him and said he had a job that needed to be done - that someone needed to be killed.
He said Tongo agreed to meet him the next day to discuss the murder, and a price of 15,000 rand (about £1,330 at the exchange rate at the time) was agreed.
The pair then arranged to meet up with Tongo's taxi for the attack, during which Mr Dewani's phone would also be taken.
He told the court the money was due to be left in a "cubby hole" in the vehicle which would later be split before the pair spent an evening "socialising".
Qwabe was asked if there was any discussion about a weapon. He said: "I knew there would be a firearm involved."
He told the court Tongo called him later and told him the route the taxi would take on the evening of 13 November 2010.
Shrien Dewani, who is on trial in South Africa, denies any involvement in his wife's death
Describing the carjacking, Qwabe said: "[Mngeni] had the gun. As it [Tongo's car] approached I got into the driver's side.
"[Mngeni] got into the passenger side and Zola got into the back. I saw in the (rear view) window a guy and behind me was a lady," he said.
"I ordered Zola to get out of the car. He told me the money was in a pouch behind the front passenger door.
"I stopped the vehicle, I asked the husband to get out of the car.
"The husband was now out of the vehicle and I drove on."
Qwabe told the court he was behind the wheel when Anni was fatally wounded.
Anni Dewani was killed in the back of a taxi in South Africa
He said he was concentrating on the road at the moment Mngeni killed her.
"I heard a gun shot. [Mngeni] said 'I shot the lady'.
"I pulled over on to the pavement and stopped the car. I saw she [Anni] was on the back seat of the car."
Qwabe said he found the bullet casing then threw his gloves away.
He told the court 10,000 rand was in the pouch and 4,000 rand was seized from "the husband".
Qwabe admitted he had lied in court at a bail hearing before he admitted his guilt over the murder.
Francois van Zyl, representing Dewani, said: "At that bail hearing you testified under oath, you pleaded not guilty because you said you had an alibi. Is that a lie?"
Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha, was among family members to attend the trial in Cape Town
Qwabe replied: "My lawyer at the time told me to plead not guilty."
Mr van Zyl said: "I repeat the question. Was that a lie under oath?"
Qwabe answered: "Yes."
The court was told there had been no conversations with Tongo about how Anni would be killed, only that it had to look like a hijacking.
Mr van Zyl asked: "You never had a discussion about how this woman was going to be killed?"
Qwabe answered: "No, sir."
He told the court it was not decided who would strike the fatal blow, what weapon would be used, or where the killing would take place.
On Monday Mr Dewani told the court in a written statement that his "whole world came crashing down" when his wife was found killed.
He also revealed to the court that he is bisexual.
A record of agreed facts in the case, released by the court on Wednesday, showed he had been browsing same-sex dating websites during the honeymoon and within days of his wife's death.
It shows he was logged into the Gaydar website while waiting with his wife for a connecting flight to Cape Town, and three times between November 15 and November 16, He also logged into the Recon website twice.
The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-29534010
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Post  candyfloss on Sat 18 Oct 2014, 8:53 pm

Anni Dewani killer Xolile Mngeni dies in prison



One of the men convicted of killing Swedish bride Anni Dewani on her honeymoon in South Africa has died in prison.

Xolile Mngeni, who was sentenced to life after being convicted for murder in November 2012, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour while awaiting trial in 2011.

He was denied parole on medical grounds in July of this year.

According to Leigh-Anne Jansen, a reporter for South Africa's eNC News, Mngeni died shortly after 2pm local time at Goodwood Prison in Cape Town. South Africa's Department of Correctional Services are due to make a statement tomorrow.

Mngeni was found guilty of pulling the trigger and killing Mrs Dewani in the Gugulethu township near Cape Town in November 2010.

His death will rule him out as a witness in the trial against Mrs Dewani's husband Shrien, the British businessman, which is currently underway at the Western Cape High Court.

Mr Dewani is accused of masterminding the murder of his new wife. He denies any involvement.

Two other men, Zola Robert Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, have been jailed over the killing.

Tongo, a taxi driver, was sentenced to 18 years in jail ifor murder n December 2010 after a plea bargain.

Qwabe was also convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in jail in November 2012.


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Post  candyfloss on Mon 27 Oct 2014, 3:41 pm

Trial still ongoing, this today..........


Shrien Dewani trial: 'Accused met gay escort three times'


A businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife in South Africa met a gay escort three times, a court has been told.

Leopold Leisser, known as the German Master and who offers fetish services, said Shrien Dewani slept at his home.

Mr Dewani, 34, from Bristol, denies arranging the murder of wife Anni, who was shot while on honeymoon in 2010.

Mr Leisser's testimony was cut short after the defence questioned the relevance of the evidence.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp told the court Mr Dewani had said to Mr Leisser he was about to be engaged to Anni, a Swedish national, and could not find a way out of the marriage without being disowned by his family.

Mr Mopp said the court would eventually be confronted with the question of why Mr Dewani would commit such a crime, and that Mr Leisser's evidence would help explain this.

Judge Jeanette Traverso ordered the witness stand down, and said she wanted to hear reasons as to why the evidence should be allowed.

The German sex worker who lives in the UK, earlier told Western Cape High Court he offered sadomasochist fetishes and services.

Leopold Leisser court sketch Leopold Leisser told the court he met Mr Dewani three times for sadomasochist fetish sessions
Mr Mopp said it was "not in dispute" that Mr Dewani used Mr Leisser's services and that they met on three occasions.

He added it was also not in dispute that Mr Dewani's Gaydar website profile name was Asiansubguy, that he paid for Mr Leisser's services and that on one occasion Mr Dewani slept overnight at Mr Leisser's house after a session.

Mr Leisser said it was "not usual" for clients to sleep over, and it had happened because Mr Dewani had asked to do so.

After an objection from the defence about the relevance of the evidence, Judge Traverso ordered the witness stand down, and said she wanted written notice from both the defence and the prosecution regarding the relevance of the witness.

"Unless I am convinced that this evidence will assist the court in this matter, I am not going to allow this," she said.

At the start of the trial, Mr Dewani said in a witness statement he considered himself to be bisexual and had "sexual interaction with both males and females".

However, the judge has already ruled that evidence about Mr Dewani's sexuality cannot be used in court.

The prosecution argues Mr Dewani was leading a secret double-life and wanted out of his marriage, so arranged a staged hijacking in November 2010 in which he escaped and his wife was killed.

Three men have already been convicted in connection with Mrs Dewani's death.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-29784427

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Post  candyfloss on Mon 24 Nov 2014, 10:31 am

 Shrien Dewani trial: Judge hears dismissal application



Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 when she was killed


A judge is being asked to throw out the case against UK businessman Shrien Dewani, who denies conspiring to murder his wife in South Africa.
Swedish national Anni Dewani, was shot dead during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.
Mr Dewani's defence claims a key prosecution witness is unreliable.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo, who is serving 18 years for Mrs Dewani's murder, has told the court he was paid by Mr Dewani to organise the murder.
Defence lawyer Francois van Zyl told the Cape Town court the state's case rested on Tongo's evidence.
Western Cape High Court judge Jeanette Traverso is hearing the arguments for dismissal, although her decision is not expected until later in the week.
The prosecution alleges Mr Dewani paid Tongo 15,000 rand (£1,000 at 2010 exchange rates) to organise his wife's death.
She was killed during an apparent carjacking.
Mr Dewani maintains the money was for a surprise helicopter trip.
"The state's whole case was based on a conspiracy. Tongo is the pillar on which this case rests and if that pillar falls then the whole case collapses," said Mr van Zyl.
"Tongo proved to be a completely unreliable witness."
'No evidence'
Mr van Zyl told the court Tongo had been hired by the Dewanis on their arrival in South Africa.
When the taxi arrived at the Cape Grace Hotel, where they were staying, Mr Dewani spoke to Tongo about a job "that will make his business grow", the court has heard.
It is at this point, Tongo alleges, Mr Dewani said he wanted somebody killed.
The defence argues that Tongo "virtually immediately" agreeing to a murder would be "improbable", because he had "never been involved in any criminal activity".
"You have to ask yourself how probable is that within half an hour he asks him to find a hitman," Mr van Zyl said.
"Yes, there was a conspiracy. Yes, there was a hijack. Yes, Anni was shot. But there is no evidence Shrien Dewani was involved."
Two other men were also jailed following the murder. Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life in prison and died in jail. Another man, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, was sentenced to 25 years.








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Post  candyfloss on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 9:05 am

Shrien Dewani case: Judge's decision on future of trial

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A judge in Cape Town, South Africa, is expected to announce her decision on whether the case against British businessman Shrien Dewani should be dismissed.

Mr Dewani is accused of organising the killing of his wife Anni while on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

His lawyers have applied for the case to be thrown out, claiming there is no credible evidence against him

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Post  Andrew on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 10:51 am

A free man......

Ridiculous.
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Post  candyfloss on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 11:00 am

Andrew wrote:A free man......

Ridiculous.

OMG,

Dewani murder case thrown out

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A judge has dismissed the case against Shrien Dewani, who was accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa.

Judge Jeanette Traverso said the evidence presented by the prosecution fell "far below the threshold" of what a reasonable court could convict on.

She said the evidence of the prosecution's main witness, taxi driver Zola Tongo, was "riddled with contradictions" and "highly debatable".

Mr Dewani will now be released.

Announcing her ruling, the judge said: "The accused is found not guilty of this charge."

She said the only reason not to grant the application would be in the hope that Mr Dewani would implicate himself if he gave evidence .

But to do so would be a "manifest misdirection", she said.

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Post  Guest on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 11:02 am

WTF?????!!!!!

Poor Anni. I feel sorry for her family.

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Post  Freedom on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 11:44 am

It's certainly the last thing I expected.
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Post  Lioned on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 1:45 pm

Unfortunately the witnesses were not very credible,and frankly that's hard to argue with.I doubt this will be the end to it.
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Post  Guest on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 1:54 pm

I hope this isn't the end to it Sad

South African justice system is not doing itself any favours recently.


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Post  Guest on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 2:36 pm

I don't think it WILL be the end of it. Anni's Dad is shouting about taking out a civil suit.

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Post  Poppy on Mon 08 Dec 2014, 11:37 pm

Let this case be an example, of how a high profile investigation can be corrupted with PR, spoke persons,and expensive lawyers.The McCann case needs to be watertight if charges are to be brought. RIP Anni.
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Post  Andrew on Wed 09 Sep 2015, 11:39 am

http://news.sky.com/story/1549469/murdered-anni-dewani-no-full-inquest
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Post  candyfloss on Wed 09 Sep 2015, 11:48 am

Andrew wrote:http://news.sky.com/story/1549469/murdered-anni-dewani-no-full-inquest
Thanks Andrew,

Murdered Anni Dewani: No Full Inquest

A coroner has "shocked" the family of murdered bride Anni Dewani, telling them he doesn't want a full inquest into her death.

The family told coroner Andrew Walker that they wanted him to order Ms Dewani's husband Shrien Dewani to give evidence at an inquest in the UK.

Her father Vinod Hindocha says he still needs to hear Mr Dewani explain exactly what happened the night Anni, 28, was shot dead by carjackers on their honeymoon.

But at Brent Coroner's Court, the family were informed there was unlikely to be a full inquest - and that Mr Dewani could not be forced to answer their questions.

Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "The family have had a bit of a shock this morning.

"They came here hoping they could compel Shrien Dewani to give evidence when the inquest resumes.

"The news they got this morning from the coroner was that he does not want to hold a full inquest."

Mr Walker told the family that he did not see that a full inquest was appropriate given that a criminal trial had been conducted in South Africa.

Mr Dewani, 34, was extradited to South Africa last year, but was cleared of plotting his wife's murder.

A judge threw out the case against him because it was "riddled with inconsistencies".

He walked free before he was asked to give evidence and so has never spoken publicly about his wife's death.

Before the trial collapsed a prosecution witness, a male prostitute, told the court he had gay sex with Mr Dewani who wanted to call off his forthcoming wedding.

Three local men were jailed for the murder.

Although, Mr Walker said he was not inclined to hold a full inquest, he did say that he would write to Mr Dewani with a list of questions from the family.

However, he added that even if Mr Dewani agreed to come to an inquest hearing he would not have to answer any questions which could incriminate him.

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Post  Andrew on Wed 09 Sep 2015, 2:12 pm

Another update.

http://news.sky.com/story/1549469/dewani-family-fight-on-despite-inquest-blow
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Post  Freedom on Wed 09 Sep 2015, 2:14 pm

Is it usual for an inquest to be held in the U K on a death that occurred abroad?

I know that it did (eventually) for Princess Diana but I thought that might just have been because of who she was and the doubts surrounding her death.
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Post  Andrew on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 9:42 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3918142/Millionaire-businessman-Shrien-Dewani-s-gay-lover-key-witness-honeymoon-murder-trial-hanged-home.html
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Post  Freedom on Wed 09 Nov 2016, 11:14 am

Freedom wrote:Is it usual for an inquest to be held in the U K on a death that occurred abroad?

I know that it did (eventually) for Princess Diana but I thought that might just have been because of who she was and the doubts surrounding her death.

A belated answer to my own question! I think it has something to do with whether the person is buried or cremated in the U K. I remember that this was the case with the tragic death of Eric Clapton's son in America.
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