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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.

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Shrien Dewani leaves Cape Town

Shrien Dewani leaves Cape Town after being cleared of his wife's murder Credit: ITV News

Former murder suspect Shrien Dewani has left Cape Town after being cleared of plotting his wife's death on their honeymoon four years ago.

Dewani made no comment as he walked through the airport in Cape Town surrounded by a media scrum.

The millionaire businessman faced a barrage of questions from reporters as he headed straight for the boarding gate.

He is due to fly to Gatwick via Dubai and is expected to land in the UK tomorrow morning.

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

Anni's family will decide whether to launch civil action against Shrien Dewani

Anni Dewani was killed while on honeymoon in South Africa Credit: ITV News

The family of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani will decide after Christmas whether to launch a civil action against her husband Shrien, who was cleared by a South African judge of arranging the death of his new wife.

Dewani is now free to return home to the UK after Judge Jeanette Traverso dismissed the case against him, describing evidence from a key prosecution witness as being "riddled with contradictions".

The collapse of the trial in Cape Town left his wife's family devastated, and Anni's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said they were exploring the possibility of legal action in the bid to find answers.

The family waited four years for the case to be brought against the 34-year-old businessman from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, who had been accused of staging the carjacking in which she was gunned down.

Mr Hindocha said the decision to halt the trial before Dewani gave evidence meant there were "holes to be filled" in the story about his niece's final days.

The judge in South Africa dismissed the case against Shrien Dewani and he is now free to return home Credit: ITV News

Drawing on evidence that Dewani had secret relationships with gay men in the months before his marriage, Mr Hindocha said: "Srhien Dewani has lied to us from day one."

He said a decision on how to proceed will be taken after the family spend Christmas together at their home in Sweden.

"We wanted the truth and we didn't get it," he said.

"We went to South Africa with a lot of questions, to seek for answers; now we are coming home with more questions and more sleepless nights.

"That is not fair, this is not justice, Anni did not get a fair trial in South Africa."

Asked about the prospect of a legal case in the UK, he said the family were "looking at all the options."

Dewani heaved a sigh of relief in court as the judge dismissed the case against him. He left the court a short time later via a side gate, declining to comment.

Anni was murdered shortly after her wedding to Shrien Dewani Credit: ITV News

Three men - Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and gunman Xolile Mngeni - have already been convicted for their part in Anni's murder, which happened when the Dewanis' chauffeur-driven late-night tour of a township was hijacked. Monde Mbolombo, a self-confessed "middle man" who set up the murder, may also face justice, having previously been granted immunity by the state.

Prosecutors said bisexual Dewani had long planned to get out of the relationship to Swedish-raised engineer Anni, 28, and arranged a carjacking on their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 in which he would escape unharmed and Anni would be killed.

But Dewani's defence team criticised prosecution witnesses and said the case against him was weak.

Judge Traverso said chief prosecution witness cab driver Tongo's claims about the murder were "riddled with contradictions" and "highly debatable".

The judge said the evidence presented by the prosecution fell "far below" the required threshold.

Dewani, who was finally extradited this year to face trial accused of planning the murder of his wife, listened intently as key evidence against him was criticised by the judge.

He heard her declare that the evidence from the three criminals already convicted over his bride's murder was "so improbable, with so many mistakes, lies and inconsistencies you cannot see where the lies ended and the truth begins".

The ruling ended a four-year wait for Dewani and his family to clear his name - a battle which has included lengthy spells in mental health units, lurid allegations about his private life and fighting extradition from the UK to face justice.

Dewani has yet to comment publicly on the case since extradition proceedings began, three weeks after Anni's death.

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Shrien Dewani set to return to Britain

Shrien Dewani is expected to return home to the UK after a South African judge cleared him of arranging the murder of his wife on their honeymoon.

Shrien Dewani leaving the dock moments after the case against him was dismissed yesterday Credit: Pool

The 34-year-old businessman, who has been in Cape Town since April, has yet to comment publicly on the case since extradition proceedings began, three weeks after Anni Dewani died.

Judge Jeanette Traverso dismissed the case against him yesterday, after evidence from prosecution witnesses was described as being "riddled with contradictions".

The ruling ended a four-year wait for Dewani and his family to clear his name - a battle which has included lengthy spells in mental health units, lurid allegations about his private life and fighting extradition from the UK to face justice.

A look at how the Dewani court case collapsed

Shrien Dewani has walked free from a South African court after the murder trial against him collapsed. After 8 weeks of prosecution evidence, the judge said the prosecution was 'riddled with contradictions' and fell 'far below' the threshhold for the trial to continue.

The Bristol businessman was accused of planning the murder of his bride while on their honeymoon in 2010 - tonight her family say justice has failed them.

Eli-Louise Wringe looks at how the trial collapsed before Shrien Dewani even took to the stand.

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Court video shows moment judge dismissed Dewani trial

The judge in the case against honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani threw out the case today, saying the evidence presented fell "far below" the threshold demanded by law.

This is the moment she dismissed the trial:

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Dewani 'leaves court without speaking'

Cleared murder suspect Shrien Dewani is believed to have left the court in South Africa through a side entrance, without making a comment to the crowd waiting outside.

Supporters for both families clashed over the case after the judge dismissed the trial, with the Justice4Anni group again questioning Jeanette Traverso's role as presiding judge in the case.

Anni Dewani's family 'disappointed' with trial dismissal

The family of murdered bride Anni Dewani have said they are disappointed with the decision to dismiss the case against her husband, Shrien.

Speaking outside court, they said:

We feel really, really sad because we have not heard the full story. Shrien lived a double life.

– HINDOCHA FAMILY STATEMENT

The decision means Dewani has never had to tell his version of events to a court, despite a plea by Anni's family last week to "tell the world what happened the night she died".

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