Dewani trial ruling welcomed

2012-09-26 16:22
NPA

NPA

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) welcomed a ruling on Wednesday that will allow it to use two key pieces of evidence in its case against one of Anni Dewani's alleged killers.

Provincial NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the Western Cape High Court's decision to admit Xolile Mngeni's statement and pointing out of scenes linked to the crime was a "small victory".

"The statement is important in that it allows us the opportunity to question him, to cross-examine him... but what is more important is that it places him at the crime scene," he said.

Mngeni, 25, is on trial for the hijacking, robbing and killing of Dewani in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010. She was on honeymoon with her husband Shrien at the time.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A trial-within-a-trial was launched by the State after the defence objected to the admission of Mngeni's statement and the pointing out, claiming they were made under duress, after Mngeni was assaulted by the police following his arrest in November 2010.

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

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

Judge Robert Henney's ruling on Wednesday was brief and he said he would elaborate on the reasons for the ruling only at a later stage.

Ntabazalila said the court had relied on the testimony of the State's numerous witnesses, because Mngeni had chosen not to take the stand and elaborate on the allegations.

The trial resumes on October 8.

Read more on:    npa  |  anni hindocha  |  xolile mngeni  |  cape town  |  honeymoon hijacking
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to go large with your significant other. Let go of obligations, expectations and chores and let the day play...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.