Dewani accused on trial

The man accused of firing the gun that killed honeymooner Anni Dewani has pleaded not guilty at a South African court. A judge said Xolile Mngeni was fit enough to stand trial despite suffering a malignant brain tumour.

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Dewani trial told of 'a man who wants to kill a woman'

A witness has describes details of how the murder of Annie Dewani was planned during the trial of Xolile Mngeni, who is accused of the honeymooner's murder.

A witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has said that on the eve of Annie's murder he was approached by Zola Tongo, a taxi driver who has already been convicted over the murder, who told him that there was, “a gentleman who wanted to kill a woman”.

The prosecution maintain that this person was Annie's new husband Shrien Dewani, who remains in the UK pending ongoing extradition proceedings.

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Man to stand trial over honeymoon killing

The man accused of firing the gun that killed honeymooner Anni Dewani is due to go on trial today in South Africa.

A judge previously declared Xolile Mngeni was fit enough to stand trial despite suffering a malignant brain tumour.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of firing the gun that killed Anni Dewani. Credit: Reuters

Mrs Dewani, who was 28, was shot dead and her body found in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town's impoverished Gugulethu township, while on her honeymoon, in November 2010.

South African Mziwamadoda Qwabe has already pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of firearm in connection with the death of Mrs Dewani. He was jailed for 25 years.

Mrs Dewani's husband Shrien is accused of arranging the contract killing of his wife, which he denies. He is currently being treated for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

An update on his health is to be presented to the courts in September to see whether he is fit for extradition to South Africa.

Trial of Dewani accused to go ahead despite tumour

The man accused of firing the gun that killed Anni Dewani is fit enough to stand trial despite suffering a malignant brain tumour.

Xolile Mngeni seen at an earlier court appearance covering his head
Xolile Mngeni seen at an earlier court appearance covering his head Credit: Reuters

A Cape Town judge ruled the trial could proceed even though Xolile Mngeni struggles to concentrate. Mngeni arrived in court today with the help of a Zimmer frame.

Dewani suspect due in court over honeymoon killing

Xolile Mngeni, the man accused of firing the shot that killed Anni Dewani, is due to go on trial in Cape Town today. The newlywed was killed while on honeymoon there in November 2010.

Xolile Mngeni, charged with the murder of Anni Dewani
Xolile Mngeni, charged with the murder of Anni Dewani Credit: Reuters

Xolile Mngeni is appearing after his co-accused, hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe, admitted to the killing and was jailed for 25 years.

Anni Dewani's husband Shrien is fighting extradition from Britain over her murder and has always denied any involvement in her death.

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani
Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani Credit: Facebook

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Mail jailed for honeymoon murder took plea deal

Mziwamadoda Qwabe was given a 25 year prison sentence for his involvement in the murder of Anni Dewani after he promised to cooperate with prosecutors, officials said today.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe hides his face at today's hearing
Mziwamadoda Qwabe hides his face at today's hearing Credit: APTN

Part of Qwabe's plea agreement requires him to testify against other people accused in the case, including Mrs Dewani's husband, Shrien.

Mr Dewani is accused of hiring Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni - who still faces charges - to kill his new wife while they were on their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Shrien Dewani arriving at court in May 2011
Shrien Dewani arriving at court in May 2011 Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett

A British court heard last week that Mr Dewani needed a year to recover from depression before he would be able to face extradition proceedings.

He has been diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression, and his lawyers argue that his health and life will be at risk if he is extradited to South Africa to face trial.

Mr Dewani, from Bristol, is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 18 when the chief magistrate, Howard Riddle, will be given an update on his condition.

Shrien and Anni Dewani
Shrien and Anni Dewani Credit: Facebook

Mr Dewani claims he and his wife were hijacked while travelling in a taxi through Cape Town in November 2010. While he was ejected from the vehicle, Mrs Dewani was later found murdered in the abandoned taxi.

He was allowed to leave South Africa before the taxi driver, Zola Tonga, claimed the newlywed had offered him 15,000 rand (around £1,200) to arrange the killing and make it look like a carjacking.

Anni Dewani's family 'happy' over conviction

The family of murdered British honeymooner Anni Dewani has expressed happiness over today's conviction.

However, they said the full truth of "what really happened" to Mrs Dewani would not be known until her husband, Shrien Dewani, travels to South Africa to face trial.

We are just happy. Two of the accused have now pleaded guilty.

Now we want to know what really happened to Anni, why they killed her.

With a case like this, everything comes back again. The way we feel is that we are going through legal torture. It is extremely stressful for the family.

– Anni Dewani's uncle Ashok Hindocha
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