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Dewani Judge to take two weeks to decide if trial continues

The Judge at the trial of Shrien Dewani, a businessman from Bristol accused of arranging the murder of his wife while on honeymoon in South Africa, will take almost two weeks to rule whether the trial should continue or not.

Today the judge questionned the prosecutors over their case against Shrien Dewani, pointing out that their main witnesses had all made 'mistakes' whilst giving evidence. Mr Dewani denies all the charges against him.

Steve Scott was in court.

Bid to stop Dewani case being thrown out

The prosecution at the trial of a Bristol businessman accused of arranging his wife's murder are expected to present their argument today - to stop the case being thrown out.

Shrien Dewani denies charges of kidnapping and murder after his wife, Anni, was shot dead on their honeymoon in four years ago.

His defence lawyers have asked the judge in South Africa to return a not guilty verdict if the court feels there's insufficient evidence for a conviction.

Shrien Dewani arrives at court in Cape Town. Credit: PA


Judge to decide if Dewani case should be dismissed

Shrien Dewani in the dock at court in Cape Town Credit: ITV News

A judge in South Africa is expected to decide later if the case against Bristol businessman 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.

Shrien and Anni Dewani at their lavish Bollywood-style wedding Credit: Family

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.

Dewani's lawyers to apply for case to be dismissed

Shrien Dewani arriving at court Credit: Chris Ricco/PA

Shrien Dewani's lawyers have announced they will call for the case to be dismissed.

Mr Dewani is accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. 34 year old Dewani from Westbury on Trym has pleaded not guilty to all charges - including kidnapping and murder.

Three men have already been convicted for the murder. Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life in prison but died last month. Mziwamadoda Qwabe was sentenced to 25 years, while taxi driver Zola Tongo was sentenced to 18 years following a plea bargain deal in which he implicated Shrien Dewani in the planning of the murder.

The case for the dismissal will be argued before Western Cape High Court judge Jeanette Traverso on Monday.

Four year anniversary of Anni Dewani's death

Today marks four years since the death of Anni Dewani.

Her husband - Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani - is accused of arranging her murder on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

He is currently on trial in South Africa, but denies the charges. The trial is due to resume on Friday.

Shrien and Anni Dewani on their wedding day. Credit: Family photograph

Funeral takes place of man who killed Anni Dewani

Xolile Mingeni in court in 2012 Credit: Reuters

The funeral of a man convicted of killing Anni Dewani has been held in South Africa. Xolile Mngeni was serving a life sentence when he died last month. He'd been suffering from a brain tumor. Anni Dewani was shot dead on her honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago. Her husband- Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani- is currently on trial accused of arranging her murder. He denies all charges.


Court shown CCTV footage of Shrien and Anni Dewani from the night she was shot

Shrien and Anni with driver Zola Tongo Credit: Police

A South African Court has been shown CCTV footage of a Bristol businessman and his wife hours before she was shot dead.

In the footage Shrien and Anni Dewani are seen leaving a restaurant in Cape Town with taxi driver Zola Tongo.

Zola Tongo has already been jailed for his part in Anni's murder four years ago. He claims Shrien Dewani paid him to organise a fake car-jacking. Giving evidence this morning he described how his legs were shaking as he drove Anni to her death.

Shrien Dewani trial hears from male escort

Shrien Dewani in the dock at court in Cape Town Credit: ITV News

A court in South Africa has heard from a male escort who claims Shrien Dewani was looking for a way out of his marriage.

Leipold Leisser said the businessman from Bristol was one of his clients and disclosed to him that he could not leave Anni without his family disowning him.

Mr Dewani is accused of arranging Anni's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Court hears Anni Dewani "wanted a divorce"

Shrien and Anni Dewani at their wedding Credit: Family

A court has heard that Shrien Dewani's bride was thinking of divorce just days before she was killed.

The Bristol businessman denies arranging the murder of Anni Dewani in Cape Town in November 2010. The trial heard evidence from Anni's cousin, Sneha Mashru, who claims she was texted about ending the marriage.

But the court was also shown a doctor's note indicating she was trying to get pregnant. The trial continues.

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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.

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