Honeymoon murder: cops arrest third suspect

2010-11-20 15:32

A third man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a honeymooning British tourist in Gugulethu.

The 30-year-old man will appear in Wynberg Regional Court tomorrow on charges of hijacking and murder, said police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.

The Weekend Argus reported that police were looking for two more people believed to work for two top Cape Town hotels. Van Wyk would not comment on this.

The newspaper also reported that a “well-placed police source” – who was not named – had said “an explosive revelation” would be made soon.

Britain’s The Sun newspaper reported on Friday that Shrien Dewani, the woman’s husband, who owns a British health-care company with his father and brother, was £6.25 million (R70 million) in debt.

Anni Dewani (28) and Shrien (31) had been married for two weeks when they were attacked by two armed men who hijacked their shuttle service vehicle last Saturday.

They arrived in the country the previous Thursday and were in Cape Town for their honeymoon.

The couple were apparently returning from dinner in Somerset West when they were attacked. Two armed men allegedly forced the driver out of the shuttle vehicle and drove off with the couple.

At about midnight they dropped the husband off in the Harare area of the Khayelitsha informal settlement. He was assisted by passing motorists, who took him to the Harare police station unharmed.

A search for the hijacked vehicle – a Volkswagen Sharan – led to it being found in Lingelethu West. The kidnapped wife’s body was found on the back seat of the vehicle. Two 26-year-old men were arrested earlier in the week in connection with the murder.

One of the two, Xolile Mngeni, appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on murder charges. The other man is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

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