Dewani killers ‘amateurish, almost comical’ – prosecutor

2014-11-25 13:32

The men who planned to kill honeymooner Anni Dewani did not discuss finer details because they were not professionals, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

“We know these individuals were not the A-team of contract killers. They could barely organise transport from Khayelitsha to Gugulethu,” said prosecutor Adrian Mopp today.

“We are dealing with an amateurish attempt. If it were not for the killing of the deceased, it would actually be comical, the manner in which this matter was set about.”

He was presenting argument during an application by Shrien Dewani’s legal team to discharge him of his wife’s killing in November 2010.

Mopp argued that certain people, with their world view, would expect a level of sophistication in the planning.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said two of the hitmen, Zola Tongo and Monde Mbolombo, had fairly sophisticated jobs before they lost their jobs.

Mopp replied that may be so but they were not involved in serious crime and had “vulnerabilities” that made them susceptible to being drawn into this world.

He added that fellow “hitmen” Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni were in a different category – they had access to illegal firearms and were unemployed.

On Monday, Traverso had spoken about the seemingly disorganised plan that the men allegedly organised together.

The defence and the state filed heads of argument for the discharge application last week.

Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act provides that if, at the close of the prosecution’s case, the court believes there is no evidence that the accused committed the offence it may return a verdict of not guilty.

The state closed its case a week ago.

Tongo is serving an 18-year jail term and Qwabe, a 25-year jail term. Mngeni was serving life in jail for firing the shot that killed Anni, but died in prison from a brain tumour on October 18.

Mbolombo was granted immunity from prosecution on two charges during Mngeni’s trial but was warned he faced possible prosecution on various charges if he did not testify truthfully during Dewani’s trial.

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