Man convicted of Anni Dewani's murder dies in prison

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

Xolile Mngeni, 27, was jailed for life following a trial in 2012.

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, who is accused of ordering Anni's murder. have continued to question Mngeni's accomplice Mziwamadoa Qwabe.

She died after being shot as she toured a South African township on her honeymoon four years ago.

Qwabe has already been jailed for 25 years for his part in the execution of Anni. Prosecutors claim bisexual Dewani wanted out of his marriage and arranged a carjacking in which he survived and his wife did not.

The 34-year-old millionaire denies murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

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The case against Shrien Dewani

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani. Credit: PA

It is the South African state's case that Shrien Dewani conspired with Cape Town residents Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife.

  • Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni are already serving jail terms in connection with the murder.
  • Dewani said he and his wife Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.
  • He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.
  • Following a protracted legal battle over the seriousness of his mental health problems, Dewani was extradited from the UK in April.
  • He is charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

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