Court cordoned off ahead of Dewani appearance

2014-04-08 08:58
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court entrance was cordoned off with yellow tape on Tuesday morning ahead of the arrival of honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani.

The tape was tied to a police vehicle at either end. Around 13 police vehicles were parked near the court and a throng of police officers stood at a side entrance where prisoners usually arrive.

Dewani is expected to enter the court through this gate. Traffic cones blocked off the road to the side gate.

Journalists had already begun arriving at the court, and the sound of excited mutter echoed along with garbage truck alarms in the city.


Meanwhile, media camera crews set up their equipment in the arrivals hall at Cape Town International Airport.

The millionaire businessman is expected to touch down on British Airways flight BA059 direct out of London's Heathrow Airport.

According to the electronic information board in the arrivals hall, the flight will land at 09:56. Dewani is set to be whisked from the airport to the court where he is expected to appear before Judge President John Hlophe at 11:30.

The justice department on Monday said Dewani was being accompanied on the flight by a medical doctor, a nurse, and members of the SA Police Service.

When he appears in court, he is expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Dewani claimed he and his wife Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

The couple had been on honeymoon in the country. His wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life.

Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife. Two other alleged accomplices are also already serving jail terms in connection with the crimes. Dewani has denied any part in the murder.

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