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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

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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.

Bristol woman fights deportation to Philippines

A woman from the Philippines who lives in Bristol with her family will hand a petition to the Government today asking not to be deported.

Mae Draper married her husband Kevin 19 years ago and they have a daughter together. The family's MP Chris Skidmore is backing their case.

More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling for the family not to be split apart by the home office.

Mae Draper. Credit: ITV News

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

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Taunton poppy tin thief pleads guilty

A 32-year-old Taunton man who took a Poppy Appeal collection tin from the East Street McDonalds restaurant pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at the town's Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Matthew Morgan, of no fixed abode, was arrested about half an hour after the theft was reported on Friday morning.

He will be sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on 28 November.

Inquest to reopen into soldier's death at Tidworth

An inquest will be reopened into the death of a soldier who collapsed and died at a Wiltshire barracks in 2006.

Private Gavin Williams died after being made to undergo an informal punishment known as 'beasting' at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth.

Three soldiers were cleared of his manslaughter in 2008 but his family have asked for the inquest into his death to be reopened.

Bristol lettings agent has unusual tenant on the books

Rhys and Marge the cat Credit: Rhys Thickett

Bristol lettings agent Rhys Thickett has a new four-legged tenant on his books.

He found a young cat dumped in a box in a large wheelie bin near his Robert Rhys office at Cabot Circus.

Rhys is hoping to move Marge out of the agency and into a good home. Credit: Rhys Thickett

Beside her was a sack containing a cat bowl, a tin of sardines and some toys. We have no idea who dumped her in the bin, but it seemed obvious she had not been there very long because she did not seem very bothered by her ordeal, and appeared to have been well looked after.

– Rhys Thickett, Robert Rhys Agency

Now Rhys has taken the cat in, and is looking for a home for her.

Bristol photographer 'moved' by Bastion departure

The only civilian on board the last plane out of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan has described the moment as "poignant and moving".

The British military's mission at the base came to an end last month.

Ben Birchall from Bristol was the only photographer there to document the flags coming down.

Ben's photo of the very last British troops leaving Camp Bastion. Credit: Ben Birchall

"It was really poignant, the two guys that received the flag, they were really candid and emotional as it came down. It marked the end of an era so it was really really poignant."

– Ben Birchall
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