Dewani accused's 'confession' admitted

By Drum Digital
26 September 2012

The "confession" of a man on trial for the murder of honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani will be admitted as evidence, the Western Cape High Court ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Robert Henney ruled in a trial-within-a-trial that Xolile Mngeni's statement and pointing out of scenes linked to the crime could be used by the State in its criminal case.

He said he would elaborate on the reasons for the ruling only at a later stage.

The State made its application after the defence objected, claiming Mngeni, 25, was forced into making his statement and performed the pointing out after being assaulted by police, following his arrest in November 2010.

The defence said Mngeni was denied the opportunity to exercise his constitutional right to a legal representative.

It also said Mngeni was interrogated for a lengthy period and that his health concerns were ignored.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, robbing and killing Dewani in Gugulethu on November 13, 2010. She was on honeymoon with her husband Shrien at the time.

The trial resumes on October 8.

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