Judge to decide if Dewani case should be dismissed

A judge in South Africa will decide later if the case against Shrien Dewani should be thrown out.

The care home boss has always denied plotting to kill his new wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

Three men have already been jailed over the murder, which prosecutors claim was set up by bisexual Dewani to get out of his marriage.

If judge Jeanette Traverso feels there is insufficient evidence to support the claims she could direct a not guilty verdict, which would see Dewani walk free.

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Lawyers describe 'amateurish attempt' to murder Dewani

The men who planned to murder honeymooner Anni Dewani were not "the A-team of contract killers", a court has been told.

Arguing that the murder case against her husband Shrien Dewani should not be thrown out, prosecutor Adrian Mopp told the Western Cape High Court in South Africa that the murder plot was amateurish.

Lawyers for the millionaire businessman have asked a South African judge to throw out the case against him and allow him to return to England.

We are dealing with an amateurish attempt. If it were not for the killing of the deceased, it would actually be comical, the manner in which this matter was set about.

– Francois van Zyl, defending

Dewani 'a silent observer' as lawyers submit appeal

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa, submitted an appeal today to get the case thrown out.

ITV News' Steve Scott reports:

Dewani was a silent observer as his barrister tried to get the case dismissed the on grounds of lack of evidence, arguing that state prosecutors had failed to prove that his client had planned his wife Anni's murder.

Western Cape High Court judge Jeanette Traverso is set to listen to the prosecution's case tomorrow.


Judge to decide if Dewani case should be thrown out

Shrien Dewani in court in South Africa. Credit: Reuters

A judge in South Africa is expected to decide later if the case against Shrien Dewani should be dismissed.

The care home owner, 34, has always denied plotting to kill his new wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

But prosecutors claim bisexual Dewani arranged the "hijack-gone-wrong", in which he would escape unharmed, to get out of his marriage.

The state alleges Dewani paid less than £1,000 to set up the hijacking in November 2010.

Dewani maintains the money was actually for a surprise helicopter trip which taxi driver Zola Tongo was helping to arrange.

Tongo was jailed for 18 years over his part in the attack. Another man Mziwamadoda Qwabe is serving 25 years.

Gunman Xolile Mngeni, who fired the fatal shot, was jailed for life but died of cancer in prison last month.

Judge Jeanette Traverso has already dismissed sections of the prosecution case, describing evidence on Dewani's sex life as irrelevant.

If she feels there is insufficient evidence to support the claims she could direct a not guilty verdict, which would see Dewani walk free.

Man convicted of Anni Dewani murder dies in prison

One of the men convicted of killing newlywed Anni Dewani on her honeymoon has died of cancer in prison, a South African official has confirmed.

Xolile Mingeni in court in 2012. Credit: Reuters

Xolile Mngeni, 27, was jailed for life following a trial in 2012, during which the court heard he was suffering from a brain tumour and had five years to live.

He died in the hospital section of Cape Town prison, minister of justice and correctional services Michael Masutha told the South African Press Association.

Anni's husband Shrien Dewani is currently on trial accused of paying Mngeni and accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe to kill his wife on their honeymoon.

Moment Anni Dewani was fatally shot heard in court

The moment Anni Dewani was fatally shot in the back of a taxi in South Africa has been recalled in court.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, jailed for Dewani's murder in 2012, told a court that he and fellow convict Xolile Mngeni arranged to meet with the Dewanis' cab, driven by Zola Tongo, for the attack.

Xolile Mngeni (L) and Mziwamadoda Qwabe (R) were both convicted of Dewani's murder in 2012. Credit: Reuters

After taking over control of the vehicle once Tongo had left, Qwabe said he ordered "the husband to get out of the car."

Asked by the prosecutor if there was any resistance from Dewani to leave, he said he did not recall.

"I heard a gun shot. (Mngeni) said 'I shot the lady'", he said.

"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 Mngeni took the 10,000 rand that was in the pouch and seized 4,000 rand from "the husband".

Jailed gunman: 'Husband wanted his wife to be killed'

A convicted gunman was told a "husband wanted his wife to be killed" when he was hired to attack Anni Dewani, a court has heard.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 29, told a court that he was ordered to make the murder "look like a hijacking", and to ensure "nothing would happen to the husband [Shrien Dewani]".

Shrien Dewani is accused of ordering his wife's murder. Credit: Reuters

Qwabe, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his involvement in the 28-year-old's death, said he was contacted by Zola Tongo, the Dewanis' taxi driver, on the day of the killing.

"Zola phoned later on and said he was at the restaurant. He told me that the job needed to be done that evening," Qwabe said.

"The husband wanted the wife to be killed that same evening."

Shrien Dewani, 34, denies murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.


Man convicted of killing Anni 'received a call about a job'

A man jailed for his role in the killing of Anni Dewani has explained how he received a call about a "job" where someone needed "to be killed".

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, a former insurance assessor, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence for murder and kidnap, is giving evidence in the trial of British millionaire Shrien Dewani, who denies murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Cape Town:

Shrien Dewani returns to court in South Africa

Prosecutors in the trial of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will this morning continue trying to convince a South African court the British millionaire was the mastermind behind a plot to kill his wife.

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani in court. Credit: Reuters

Dewani, 34, appeared before Western Cape High Court on Monday for the first day of the two-month trial, nearly four years after bride Anni was shot dead as the pair took a cab ride through a Cape Town neighbourhood. Care home entrepreneur Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol, denies any involvement in the murder.

Pathologist: No signs of sexual assault on Anni Dewani

The Daily Telegraph's South Africa Correspondent Aislinn Laing has tweeted from a South African courtroom where pathologist Dr Janette Verster is giving evidence in the Shrien Dewani murder trial.

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