Day 1 of Dewani's trial - As it happened

2014-10-06 12:00

Get all the details from the first day of Shrien Dewani's murder trial at the Western Cape High Court.

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06 Oct 15:54
So that's it for today. We'll be back on Wednesday when the trial continues. Cheers until then.

06 Oct 15:50

06 Oct 15:49
Shrien Dewani just left court in a silver sedan, says Roy McKenzie.

06 Oct 15:40

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06 Oct 15:16
Well, this is weird...

06 Oct 15:07
Judge Traverso has another matter tomorrow so that's why Dewani's trial will only resume on Wednesday.

06 Oct 15:06
And with that, court adjourns until Wednesday.

06 Oct 15:06
And that's all for Verster. State asks for adjournment, saying next witness is not ready.

06 Oct 15:00
Van Zyl asks Verster: You have seen the result of "execution-type killings". Normally where would you expect the injuries to occur?

06 Oct 14:57
Van Zyl: "The bullet that killed the deceased was a 9mm, from a barrel too small for the bullet, pieces broke off."

06 Oct 14:55

Verster: "I can tell you the position of the muzzle, not assailant.

"It went more or less in a straight line, in the shoulder, through the back. "


06 Oct 14:50
Van Zyl: "Before the gun went off, the barrel of the gun was wedged between the chest and the hand." Verster has difficulties with this.

06 Oct 14:49
Vinod Hindocha looking tired, decidedly uncomfortable, as details of his daughter's wounds are heard in court - Roy McKenzie

06 Oct 14:46
Verster: I can only comment on the tract through the body. I don't know which position she was in....."

06 Oct 14:43
Police constable in public gallery admonishes woman on back row: "You can't sleep." She retorts: "No, I'm listening." - David Smith tweets.

06 Oct 14:42

Van Zyl: "There are two strands of hair hanging from the entrance to the upholstery.

"The deceased had long hair. The projectile had to move through her hair to enter the upholstery."


06 Oct 14:41
Dr Verster explains abrasion, short exit wound, projectile wound. Anni wound not typical of a short exit wound, defence disagrees.

06 Oct 14:38

06 Oct 14:33
Verster still answering defence's questions on exit wounds.

06 Oct 14:27

06 Oct 14:26
Van Zyl asks if photos indicate the barrel of the gun was in contact with Anni's skin. Verster agrees.

06 Oct 14:25
Van Zyl hands up photos, provided by the State, to be entered as an exhibit. He refers to one of the pictures, illustrating the entrance wound.

06 Oct 14:22
Dr Verster, the state pathologist, is having to go over and over her evidence about a superficial bullet wound to Anni's hand.

06 Oct 14:22
News24's Roy McKenzie is back in the courtroom which he says is hot and stuffy.

06 Oct 14:19
Dewani puts his headphones on - his hearing has been affected. Often he is sensitive to sound, flinching and twitching, says Ruth Maclean.

06 Oct 14:16
Proceedings resume with Verster still under cross-examination.

06 Oct 14:14

06 Oct 13:58

Earlier today, Shrien Dewani told the Western Cape High Court he had hormone problems and underwent testosterone replacement therapy.

An endocrinologist told him in 2009 that he had abnormally low levels of the hormone and may have trouble reproducing.

He was warned of the side-effects, including the risk of blood clots, sleep apnoea, breast enlargement, weight gain, and acne.

"I discussed my problem with Anni as I knew that she wanted children as well."


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06 Oct 12:54
And with that, court adjourns for lunch.

06 Oct 12:51

Van Zyl: You've indicated four contusions on the inside and one on the outside show that someone grabbed her?

Verster: Correct. But I can't exclude that her leg may have pressed against something.


06 Oct 12:47

Judge interjects, clarifies defence question about whether Anni Dewani would have moved after being shot, if shot rendered her paralysed.

Verster: "In all probably not."


06 Oct 12:45
Roy McKenzie tweets: Anni Dewani's father puts his hand over his mouth and looks down, clearly finding this evidence difficult to hear

06 Oct 12:42
Van Zyl asks about spinal cord damage. Verster says due to damage, if Anni survived, she would have been paralysed.

06 Oct 12:41
Verster: Not sure if the body was moved, when ambulance certified it. But we/I didn't interfere with the body.

06 Oct 12:39

Van Zyl refers to an earring "butterfly" (back), found in Anni's hair.

Verster: The earring was on the right side.

Van Zyl is questioning whether the body was moved. Pathologist says she can't say for sure how earring came loose.


06 Oct 12:36
Van Zyl starts cross examination.

06 Oct 12:35
Verster says there are no signs that the deceased was raped.

06 Oct 12:35
Verster says the right lung was heavier which fits in with her observation that the deceased was lying on her right side.

06 Oct 12:34
Doctor describes how Anni bled to death from a gunshot wound. She also describes bruises on her leg which suggest she was grabbed.

06 Oct 12:31
Anni's father Vinod Hindocha stares blankly at the Pathologist as she meticulously details the autopsy.

06 Oct 12:29
Anni would have bled to death in a few heartbeats due to massive blood loss - pathologist. 

06 Oct 12:28
Anni Dewani's parents back in court, hopefully having missed the most gruesome details of her death, says Roy McKenzie.

06 Oct 12:27
Shrien Dewani is visibly distraught as Verster details Anni's wounds, says Leigh-Anne Jansen.

06 Oct 12:24
Anni's organs were pale. Lots of blood loss, due to artery injuries. Deceased would've bled out, says Verster.

06 Oct 12:22
Verster is using picture diagrams to show entrance and exit wounds on Anni Dewani's body.

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