Shrien Dewani could be ‘cleared’

2013-09-14 15:13

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British honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani could be freed without charge after a new investigation claims his wife Anni was shot “by accident”.

The Daily Mail reported today ballistics experts now claim the bullet which killed Anni may have rebounded off her hand and hit her chest by accident “during a struggle”.

Police claim Dewani hired a team of hit men to kill his new bride while holidaying in Cape Town, but the businessman has always maintained he was forced from a taxi by thugs who hijacked and killed his wife.

She was found dead in the abandoned vehicle the next day.

Dewani (33) is currently fighting extradition to South Africa, where he faces trial for the November 2010 killing.

But this review could alter his case dramatically.

Firearms experts at the Forensic Firearms Consultancy in London told the MailOnline they were commissioned to review the evidence, which they claim appears to show the bullet hit 28-year-old Anni by accident.

A post mortem examination showed the fatal bullet struck the Swedish newlywed’s left hand and went through her chest, causing fatal neck injuries.

After a second look at the documents, a source from the ballistics team behind the investigation told the Daily Mirror: “The evidence would appear to support the theory that Mrs Dewani was shot during a struggle.”

Questions have also been raised over Dewani’s role in the scandal after a review of the initial police interviews found the he was not mentioned, the paper reported today.

The findings will screened by BBC Panorama next Thursday, along with a suggestion that Dewani was embroiled in the case by the “desperate” taxi driver, Zola Tongo, in a bid to get a lighter sentence.

It is a dramatic twist that could mean freedom for Dewani, who is in a psychiatric hospital in Bristol while he fights extradition at the Supreme Court.

South African authorities have been seeking Dewani’s extradition since December 2010.

He was arrested in Britain and released on bail, but British courts have delayed the extradition until now on the grounds of Dewani’s serious mental illness.

Dewani has spent more than two years on mental health wards – a far cry from his previous life as a wealthy executive for his family’s chain of nursing homes for the elderly.

» BBC Panorama is not available in South Africa

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