Day 5 of Dewani trial - as it happened

2014-10-14 13:30

Get the latest highlights of Shrien Dewani’s murder trial. Dewani appeared in the Western Cape High Court for the fifth day. He is on trial for the murder of his wife Anni in 2014.


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Last Updated at 14:50
14 Oct 13:30

Wrap: On Tuesday UK cybercrime officer was called as the state’s fourth witness to give evidence about a Dell laptop used by Anni and Shrien Dewani.

The State had brought up e-mails between Dewani and a third party, to highlight Dewani’s conflicting sexuality, but the judge ruled it as inadmissible.

The policeman who took Dewani’s testimony on the night Anni was killed was called as the fifth witness. He told of Dewani’s emotional outbursts while speaking to him about the alleged hijacking.

The court also heard from the owner of Golden Clutch, business in Cape Town CBD, who Dewani had gone to for foreign exchange.

Court was adjourned before lunch and postponed until Monday 20 October, because a prosecution member had chicken pox.

14 Oct 13:05

14 Oct 12:48
No more questions for witness, adjourn for lunch.

14 Oct 12:47
Dewani exchanged pounds in SA, never had dollars on him, defence insists.

14 Oct 12:45
Witness: I don't keep dollars myself, I was doing the customer a favour. Rate 6.80/$ (compare that to now, eish).

14 Oct 12:45
Staff member statement read out, she took gold to another dealer and got R10 000 in cash in return.

14 Oct 12:41
Witness statement: Black man, Indian man came to shop to exchange dollars, didn't have R10 000 so sold to another dealer.

14 Oct 12:38
Defence gets witness to admit she has no record of transaction, Dewani came to sell currency.

14 Oct 12:37
Witness: Dewani offered $1 100, Zola Tongo speaking to other staff. Mopp has no more questions.

14 Oct 12:36
Defence concerned that answers about dealing in foreign currency may incriminate witness.

14 Oct 12:35

14 Oct 12:20
Defence asking about items in Anni's handbag, Stefanus says Dewani knew what was inside. Talking about approximate values.

14 Oct 12:18
Stefanus says he and Dewani did not have difficulty understanding each other.

14 Oct 12:11
Stefanus insists that Dewani used the word 'township', wouldn't have written it there if he didn't say it. Not his own words.

14 Oct 12:10
Stefanus - asked Dewani why they went back to Gugulethu, remember they went there twice.

14 Oct 12:09
Defence says Dewani didn't know word 'township' at time - Stefanus says he wouldn't put words in Dewani's mouth

14 Oct 12:09
Stefanus says address not important when taking statement, knew he was at Cape Grace Hotel.

14 Oct 12:07

14 Oct 12:02
Defence: urgency to make statement as they couldn't start looking for Anni until then. Stefanus: It was dark at that stage.

14 Oct 12:00
Stefanus: Dewani was emotional, was crying. Said "I hope they didn't kill Anni, I hope Anni's okay".

14 Oct 11:58

14 Oct 11:56
Defence: Did anyone else ask Dewani questions that night?

14 Oct 11:56
Defence says Stefanus got to hotel just after 1am according CCTV. Why 2 and half hour delay before starting to take statement?

14 Oct 11:53
Stefanus: I didn't allow people to barge in and ask questions. Dewani seems to disagree, shakes head in the dock.

14 Oct 11:50
Defence: Hotel communication centre used by police, a number of officers firing questions at Dewani, Dewani nods in the dock.

14 Oct 11:48
Stefanus: Dewani was emotional, "we come with 'so help me God - where was God at that time?" Judge asks him to be serious.

14 Oct 11:47
Stefanus admits to defence advocate that he lost his pocket book used that evening, defence had requested it.

14 Oct 11:47
Stefanus says he got a call that car found with body in it, now a murder inquiry. No more questions from Prosecution.

14 Oct 11:45

Sapa - The judge in British businessman Shrien Dewani's trial on Tuesday ruled that certain evidence relating to his sexuality is not admissible.

"I have considered the arguments addressed to me. I rule the evidence inadmissible on the basis that it is not relevant," Western Cape High Court deputy Judge President Jeannette Traverso said.

She was addressing prosecutor Adrian Mopp after he attempted to lead evidence about certain e-mail communications between Dewani and an undisclosed man between June and August 2009 found on his dead wife Anni's laptop.

Mopp called his fourth witness, English cybercrime unit official Mark Roberts, on Tuesday morning to testify on the e-mails retrieved from a copy of the hard drive. Dewani is accused of masterminding Anni's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, maintaining that the couple were the victims of a hijacking in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on 13 November 2010.

14 Oct 11:42

14 Oct 11:42
Stefanus claims his English isn't very good but everyone in court pretty bemused by this, his English is perfectly good.

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Stefanus: Property taken during incident like this is important as you can trace it. Value given in rand not dollars.

14 Oct 11:28
Stefanus says Dewani said to him his wife insisted on seeing what nightlife in Gugulethu was

14 Oct 11:28
Stefanus detailing how a statement is taken (by him): speak first, ask questions, then write it up, confirm it.

14 Oct 11:23
Stefanus: Dewani was "a bit emotional" when statement taken in small room at Cape Grace Hotel.

14 Oct 11:22

14 Oct 11:22

British businessman Shrien Dewani deleted his user profile, which contained e-mails between himself and an undisclosed man in 2009, from his wife's laptop, a witness told the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The State's fourth witness, cybercrime unit official Mark Roberts, who is based within England's national crime agency, was called to testify on what he retrieved from the late Anni Dewani's Dell laptop.

The testimony was being heard during Shrien Dewani's trial for the murder of his wife in Cape Town on 13 November 2010. Roberts made a working copy of the 256GB hard drive of the laptop, of which 239GB was occupied.

There were four active profiles on the hard drive, including Anni's, which was created on 3 June 2010 and was in use until 11 November 2010.

He used keywords to sift through all the data on the computer, including website names, family names, places in South Africa, gay fetish and watersports. - Sapa

14 Oct 11:21
Stefanus: Took witness statement from Dewani, he could give clues about perpetrators.

14 Oct 11:20
I'm just a warrant officer, my officers needed to take charge, Stefanus says. Wonder why they're not testifying?

14 Oct 11:19
Colonel Els contacted Cape Grace, where tourists were picked up, so we could get positive ID of people in hijacked vehicle.

14 Oct 11:18
Complainant said he picked up two tourists, hijacked on way back. Concerned two still inside vehicle.

14 Oct 11:18

14 Oct 11:17
Stefanus a standby officer on weekend of 13/11/2010. Responded to the complaint of hijacking in Gugulethu. Complainant said vehicle hijacked.

14 Oct 11:13
Judge asks Stefanus if it would be easier to testify in English. We're going to see how it goes (will be a lot quicker)

14 Oct 11:12
Mopp questioning Stefanus in Afrikaans, interpreter speaking loudly and clearly.

14 Oct 11:12
Court in session. Warrant officer George Leon Stefanus called to witness stand.

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