Dewani charged on five counts

2014-04-08 18:45
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Cape Town - Shrien Dewani was on Tuesday charged with five counts relating to the murder of his wife Anni in November 2010.

According to the indictment, the first charge he faces is contravening the Riotous Assembly Act - conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and/or murder.

On this charge, the State has accused Dewani of unlawfully and intentionally conspiring with Cape Town residents Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, and Xolile Mngeni by entering into an agreement with Tongo.

The alleged agreement was that Tongo would procure the services of a person or persons to fake a hijacking of his vehicle, fake a kidnapping and robbery, and effect the kidnapping, robbery and murder.

In return, the State alleges Dewani would provide payment to the perpetrators.

Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni are already serving jail terms in connection with the murder.

The second count is kidnapping, in that on or about 13 November 2010, at NY112 Street in Gugulethu, Dewani, Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni acted in common purpose to unlawfully threaten Anni with a firearm and force her to remain in Tongo's vehicle.

The State alleges the group took her against her will from NY112 Gugulethu to Sinqolamthi Street in Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha.

False affidavits

The third count Dewani faces is robbery with aggravating circumstances, in that he and the others acted in common purpose to steal her Giorgio Armani ladies wristwatch, a white gold and diamond bracelet, a ladies handbag and a Blackberry cellphone.

The fourth count is murder, in which Dewani acted in common purpose and conspired with Tongo, Qwabe, and Mngeni to unlawfully and intentionally kill Anni by shooting her with a firearm.

The last charge is that of obstructing the administration of justice.

The State alleges that Dewani unlawfully and intentionally gave two untruthful affidavits at Gugulethu Police Station and the SA Police Service Organised Crime Unit on 14 and 15 November 2010.

In these affidavits, he alleged that he, Anni, and Tongo were hijacked, threatened with a firearm, and robbed by two unknown men in Gugulethu.

He said in these affidavits that the hijackers ejected him and Tongo with force from the vehicle and drove off with Anni.

"The alleged hijacking was in fact not a hijacking but part of a plan of subterfuge to conceal the true facts," the indictment states.

By deposing two false affidavits, Dewani had intentionally caused the police to waste time following up on his allegations, it stated further.

The British millionaire made a 10-minute appearance in a packed Western Cape High Court room on Tuesday afternoon, where his case was postponed until 12 May.

He will remain in custody at the Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town until then.
- SAPA
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