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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.

Media told Shrien Dewani isn't coming back to Bristol today

Journalists camped outside Shrien Dewani's Bristol home await his return Credit: ITV News

Journalists are camped outside Shrien Dewani's house in Bristol awaiting his return from South Africa.

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

A woman who walked down the private drive from Mr Dewani's home in Westbury on Trym said: "I do know he's not coming today. Tomorrow ... I asked the family."

Asked how Mr Dewani and his family were, the woman, who did not give her name, replied: "They are happy, happy."

The millionaire businessman's home - called Prabhu Krupa Villa - is not clearly visible from the busy road connecting Bristol to the M5, where it is accessed through electric gates and a steep driveway.


Dewani arrives back in the UK

Shrien Dewani arrives back in the UK after being cleared of his wife's murder Credit: ITV News

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

The Bristol businessman left Gatwick Airport through a side entrance which was guarded by police before being driven away in a black people carrier shortly before 7am.

He is believed to have flown in from Dubai rather than taking a 12-hour direct flight from Cape Town to the UK. He was extradited to South Africa in April.

On Monday Judge Jeanette Traverso cleared Dewani after ruling the prosecution case that he had arranged the death of his wife Anni was flawed.

Decision over Dewani case expected

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

The judge in the trial of Shrien Dewani in South Africa will decide today whether the state has presented enough evidence for the case to continue.

The Bristol businessman is accused of arranging for a hitman to murder his wife in Cape Town in 2010. Defence lawyers want the case thrown out, claiming a taxi driver jailed for the killing is an unreliable witness.

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.

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