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Pistorius family deny athlete took 'acting lessons'

Oscar Pistorius' family say he has not had "any form of emotional coaching".
Oscar Pistorius' family say he has not had "any form of emotional coaching". Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius' family have denied that the athlete had "any form of emotional coaching" ahead of his high-profile murder trial.

A blog from South African columnist Jani Allen alleged that the runner had acting lessons before appearing in court charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In a statement, the family said the claim was "devoid of any truth", adding that "Ms Allen has never met Oscar Pistorius and any knowledge she professes to have of our client can only be described as fictitious".

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Dewani arrival captured by Cape Town journalist

Journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen has tweeted a picture of Shrien Dewani arriving in Cape Town.

The reporter, working for eNCA, captured the suspect on camera this morning.

Picture credit: eNCA


Shrien Dewani 'committed to proving innocence'

The family of Shrien Dewani have released a statement following his first appearance at a South African court:

Shrien remains committed to proving his innocence in a court of law and uncovering the truth behind his wife’s murder.

The extradition process has resulted in a number of assurances being provided by the South African authorities in relation to his continued hospital treatment.

We are grateful to the South African authorities for these assurances.

Shrien's family and his legal team have every confidence in the South African judicial system.

We look forward to his health improving, his name being cleared and there being an end to this legal trauma for all involved.

We recognise the widespread public interest in this case but respect the proper place for its resolution to be the South African Courts.

– Statement from the Dewani family

Shrien Dewani remanded in custody until May 12

ITV News reporter Rob Murphy is at Western Cape High Court:


Dewani appeared in dark suit and black tie. He looled nervous and disorientated. Remanded in custody till May 12.


He willbe kept mp bat Valkenburg Hospital for assessment of his mental illness.

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Shrien Dewani arrives in court in South Africa

It has been confirmed that Shrien Dewani has arrived at West Cape High Court in Cape Town South Africa.

Mr Dewani is accused of planning the murder of his wife Anni while they were on their honeymoon.

He was extradited from the UK last night. South African authorities chartered a private plane to transport him.


Shrien Dewani arrives in Cape Town on 'private' flight

Shrien Dewani, the husband of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani, has arrived in Cape Town ahead of a court appearance this morning.


Away from Pretoria, SA authorities confirm that Shrien Dewani has arrived in Cape Town with doctor, nurse, police and Interpol officers


Authorities chose not to use a commercial flight "as his identity is well known. His peculiar medical condition needed to be monitored"


South African authorities used a private aircraft for medical and security reasons. They wanted to ensure his journey was "hazard free"

Dewani 'on private chartered plane to Cape Town'

Shrien Dewani, the husband of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani, has boarded a private plane to Cape Town, eCNA News journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen reported:

Shrien Dewani set for South Africa court appearance

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will arrive in South Africa today after he was extradited from the UK.

The millionaire businessman, who is expected to appear in a Cape Town court this morning, is accused of ordering the murder of his new wife Anni.

Shrien Dewani and his wife Anni. Credit: PA

She died after being shot in the neck as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

Dewani has been involved in a protracted legal battle against extradition on the grounds that he has mental health problems.

However, Scotland Yard confirmed last night that the businessman was flown from Bristol to South Africa accompanied by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Extradition Unit.

Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani extradited to South Africa tonight

Shrien Prakash Dewani has been been extradited from the UK to South Africa, the Met Police have confirmed. The 34-year-old was taken from Fromeside Hospital in Bristol to Bristol Airport accompanied by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Extradition Unit.

Shrien Prakash Dewani Anni Dewani. Credit: PA

Officers were met at the airport by representatives from the South African authorities who have escorted him on the flight to South Africa.

Dewani was originally arrested by officers from the Extradition Unit on December, 7, 2010 under a provisional arrest warrant issued earlier on the same evening, at the request of the South African authorities, on suspicion of conspiring to murder Anni Dewani.

Read: Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani extradited

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