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Anni's father testifies in murder trial

2012-09-03 20:24

Cape Town - The father of slain honeymooner Anni Dewani took to the stand in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Vinod Hindocha, 63, was called by the State to confirm details about his daughter's marriage and the events that took place after she was killed in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010.

He was testifying in the trial of one of her alleged killers, Xolile Mngeni, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Hindocha said his daughter had married United Kingdom businessman Shrien Dewani in a traditional Hindu marriage in India on 28 October 2010.

He said he travelled from Mariestad, Sweden, to South Africa the day after his daughter was killed. He saw her body in a morgue near the airport and then accompanied the body to the UK.

On 5 December 2010, Captain Paul Hendrikse showed him a watch which had been recovered and he positively identified it as hers. The watch and a bangle were placed before the court as exhibits.

Hindocha said he could not positively identify her bangle at an earlier stage, but a cousin had confirmed that it had belonged to Anni.

Conspiracy

Qalisile Dayimani, for Mngeni, began his cross examination by offering his condolences to Hindocha. He then warned him he had a list of questions which were relevant to the case. The first was whether Hindocha approved of the marriage.

Before he could answer, Adrian Mopp, for the State, raised an objection, saying the question was not relevant to the case, and that it confirmed his fear that Dayimani may have been solicited by an unknown party to build facts for another case.

Mngeni had said in an affidavit that he was not paying Dayimani's legal fees and this raised a question as to who was paying, and why, Mopp said.

Judge Robert Henney asked the lawyer the relevance of the question.

"The point I'm trying to make stands from the alleged conspiracy.... That a husband had a plan to have his wife killed," Dayimani replied.

Various witnesses have fingered Shrien as having masterminded the hiring of a hitman to have his wife killed. He has repeatedly denied these allegations, amidst an extradition process to have him stand trial in Cape Town.

Henney said he would allow Dayimani to ask the question, but he should tread carefully.
Hindocha hesitantly gave a response.

"I approved of the marriage, yes. Why should I not?"

Dayimani started to ask his next question, but Henney put a stop to it and allowed Hindocha to leave the stand.

The trial continues.

 

Comments
  • Toommuch - 2012-09-03 20:49

    Heartbreaking, is all I can say. Bring Shrien to South Africa. If he has nothing to hide, why is he staying away. His defense's entire argument has been based on his corruent psycholocal condition and the condition in the south african prisons. Is either a real defense in the eyes of the law of any country?

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-03 20:51

      It must be very difficult and painful for the father. He only wanted the best for his daughter. And now he has to live through the pain of witnessing how her death was contrived. Dewani must be extradited to South Africa to face trial.

      mark.p.oberholzer - 2012-09-03 22:31

      Shame on Shrien for putting everyone through this. Man up and come face the courts.

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-03 22:15

    ---- Total Disrespect ---- from the defence lawyer --- Nice one --- State persecutor Adrian Mopp. The mere fact that the defence ...... {who nobody knows who is funding defence lawyer Dayimani's fees} wanted to go 'the whole way' (to defend) ...... {despite the overwhelming evidence against the secretly funded defendant} now wants to use the victim's parent to testify to the {good ??} conduct of the ..... absent/extraditee ... ''Shrien as having masterminded the hiring of a hitman'' Nicely spotted Mr Mopp.....! The relationship between the 'married couple' has absolutely nothing to do with the trial or defence of the hitman. Judge ''Henney put a stop to it'' ... nice .. ''put a stop to'' the rape of the justice system. Total disrespect from the 'officer of the court' Dayimani.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-04 14:54

    This is one Case that continues to puzzle me?

  • Trevorcentury - 2012-09-04 15:36

    One cannot believe that this father is being put through this. Does this family not deserve the respect each one of us would demand in this country. He never sent his daughter here to suffer and now he is put through all the suffering again because Sherien fancies men. Sir you daughter is very attractive may she RIP and i hope there will be closure for your family very soon.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-05 16:00

    Sorry old man,we can't even imagine your pain and sorrow, such a beautifull girl.We pray for you.

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