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Shrien Dewani's Bristol home is attacked by vandals

The driveway of Shrien Dewani's home in Bristol has been covered in white paint Credit: ITV News

The home of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has been attacked by vandals, days after he was freed by a South African court.

A large amount of white paint was splashed on the tarmac driveway outside the electronic gates of the £1.5 million villa in Bristol. The Dewani family have hired a private security firm, which has put up a sign warning that the property is being guarded and protected 24 hours a day.

Shrien Dewani leaves court after being cleared of murdering his wife Anni in Cape Town in 2010 Credit: ITV News

The paint appeared overnight after reporters spent all day waiting in vain for the return of the 34-year-old.

He was dramatically cleared of arranging the murder of his wife Anni in 2010 and allowed to return to the UK on Wednesday. Dewani is believed to be staying in London before returning to his home in the Westbury-on-Trym area of Bristol.

The big detached property, which is shielded from the road, is owned by his family, who run a care home empire in the West Country.

Shrien Dewani had always denied plotting to arrange the murder of his wife, who was shot after their taxi was hijacked while the couple were on their honeymoon.

But his wife's family are now threatening a private prosecution against him.

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Media camp outside Shrien Dewani's Bristol home awaiting his return

Former murder suspect Shrien Dewani has arrived back in the UK after being cleared of plotting his wife's death on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago.

He flew into Gatwick early this morning. Media are camped outside his home in Bristol, awaiting his return.

Mr Dewani was extradited to South Africa in April, having suffered from severe post-traumatic stress and depression. His trial began in October.

But earlier this week at the Western Cape High Court, Judge Jeanette Traverso dismissed the case after criticising the quality of the prosecution's case.

Press have gathered outside Shrien Dewani's house in Westbury-on-Trym Credit: ITV News


Shrien Dewani arrives back in UK

Shrien Dewani has arrived back in the UK after being cleared of organising the murder of his wife Anni on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

The Dewani family flew into Gatwick Airport with airline Emirates and travelled in First Class.

The 34-year-old left the airport through a side entrance which was guarded by armed police before being driven away in a black people carrier shortly before 7am.

Dewani given the VIP treatment as he leaves South Africa

Shrien Dewani is on his way back to the UK after being acquitted of organising the murder of his wife Anni on their honeymoon in 2010.

The Dewani family spent a peaceful final hour in South Africa in an airport lounge.

They were also given the VIP treatment by airline Emirates, who allowed them to board after the other passengers and kept them out of view in First Class.

ITV News' Steve Scott is travelling back from South Africa on the same plane as Mr Dewani.

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Shrien Dewani leaves Cape Town

Shrien Dewani leaves Cape Town after being cleared of his wife's murder Credit: ITV News

Former murder suspect Shrien Dewani has left Cape Town after being cleared of plotting his wife's death on their honeymoon four years ago.

Dewani made no comment as he walked through the airport in Cape Town surrounded by a media scrum.

The millionaire businessman faced a barrage of questions from reporters as he headed straight for the boarding gate.

He is due to fly to Gatwick via Dubai and is expected to land in the UK tomorrow morning.

Yesterday Judge Jeanette Traverso cleared Dewani after ruling that the prosecution case - that the bisexual care home boss had arranged the death of his wife Anni - was flawed.


Shrien Dewani set to return to Britain

Shrien Dewani is expected to return home to the UK after a South African judge cleared him of arranging the murder of his wife on their honeymoon.

Shrien Dewani leaving the dock moments after the case against him was dismissed yesterday Credit: Pool

The 34-year-old businessman, who has been in Cape Town since April, has yet to comment publicly on the case since extradition proceedings began, three weeks after Anni Dewani died.

Judge Jeanette Traverso dismissed the case against him yesterday, after evidence from prosecution witnesses was described as being "riddled with contradictions".

The ruling ended a four-year wait for Dewani and his family to clear his name - a battle which has included lengthy spells in mental health units, lurid allegations about his private life and fighting extradition from the UK to face justice.

Dewani case 'proves UK extradition laws need reforming'

The collapse of the Shrien Dewani murder trial in South Africa proves that UK extradition laws need reforming, says the solicitor who represented computer hacker Gary McKinnon.

Karen Todner, who helped McKinnon fight extradition to the US, says "we shouldn't extradite British citizens to another country unless we see what the evidence is against them."

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

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