Police make a second arrest in murder case of UK tourist

2010-11-18 12:34

A second man had been arrested in connection with the weekend murder of a honeymooning UK tourist, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said today.

Addressing journalists in Cape Town, he said police might arrest “one or two more” as investigations continued.

Cele was speaking shortly after 26-year-old Xolile Mngeni of Khayelitsha appeared in the Wynberg Regional Court on charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Cele said the second person arrested was also a 26-year-old male from Khayelitsha.

Tourist Anni Dewani was shot dead after being hijacked in Gugulethu on Saturday night.

Her husband, Shrien, was released unharmed.

Asked why Dewani’s husband had been allowed to leave South Africa so soon after the killing, he said: “He’s not a suspect, so we can’t hold him against his will if he wants to go.”

However, the South African and United Kingdom police forces worked very closely, Cele said.

Cele said police had recovered two cellphones, a bangle and watch that linked the two men already arrested to the apparent hijacking.

He said the postmortem had not indicated sexual assault.

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