Expert puts Dewani accused at crime scene

2012-08-21 14:41

A forensic expert has put Dewani murder accused Xolile Mngeni at the scene of the crime.

Fingerprint recognition specialist Johan Hanekom told the Western Cape High Court that fingerprints lifted from the bonnet of the car in which Anni Dewani was found dead on November 14 2010, matched those of the accused.

It was the matching fingerprints that led to his arrest, said Warrant Officer Hanekom, as previous robbery convictions against Mngeni meant the police had his fingerprints on file.

Other fingerprints samples taken from the interior of the car were still awaiting analysis at the laboratory, he said.

Hanekom was the second state witness in two days to implicate Mngeni in the murder, although defence attorney Qalisile Dayimani argued that the previous witness – to remain unnamed on presiding Judge Robert Henney’s orders – who told the court he drove Mngeni and convicted Mziwamadoda Qwabe to the scene of the crime, “falsely implicated” his client.

Dayimani said the witness who claimed to have provided his car to drive Mngeni and Qwabe to the scene of the staged hijacking in Gugulethu on the night of November 13 2010 where Anni was kidnapped and later killed, had a feud with Mngeni.

Dayimani said Mngeni had assaulted the witness, hitting him over the head with a bottle ten years ago.
However, the witness said it was Mngeni’s brother Lwando Mngeni who assaulted him.

The State contends that Mngeni was the one who pulled the trigger and killed Anni Dewani in 2010 after Anni and her new husband, Shrien Dewani, were hijacked in Gugulethu.

State prosecutor Adrian Mopp believes that Shrien Dewani masterminded Anni’s death, hiring hitmen to kill her.

The trial continues.

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