AS IT HAPPENED: Dewani judge angry with State

2014-11-12 09:52

Get all the highlights from the 20th day of Shrien Dewani's trial in the Western Cape High Court for the murder of his wife, Anni Hindocha.

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12 Nov 10:44
So we're closing updates now after a very brief session today. It'll be back on Friday when the trial resumes. Cheers.

12 Nov 10:31
Proceedings have been adjourned until Friday.

12 Nov 10:29
Judge Traverso scathingly asks the State: Why are you still scurrying around for witnesses?

12 Nov 10:28
Traverso:I am not going to argue with you any further. I must just express my great displeasure with the way this case is going...

12 Nov 10:27

Traverso: Surely you knew this before coming to trial. Why is there no report? The police have gone on TV, on Panorama about the state's case. I'm going to grant you the indulgence but I want to know, why only now.

Mopp: We've been trying to get an expert from the police, who is competent, to talk about primer residue & what happens when a shot is fired.


12 Nov 10:24
VZ says the defence does not have a report for this new witness. Mopp says there is a report in the docket but there is a new aspect the witness will be questioned on. Mopp says she has been asked to draw up a report and hand it to the State and defence.

12 Nov 10:23
The state has arranged for 2 witnesses. Requests a postponement until Friday, to lead an expert witness coming from Pretoria.

12 Nov 10:21

VZ: Would you agree this is banter between two people who have affection for one another, to avoid the word love? PH: yes

Traverso: Did you know about those BBMs? PH: Yes.


12 Nov 10:19
Further messages reveal Anni found out the honeymoon was going to be in South Africa (it was supposed to be a surprise). SD smiles as his lawyer reads the messages.

12 Nov 10:18
SD responds to Anni's Nandos message by saying he's hungry. Anni says he should call her if he wants to be picked up.

12 Nov 10:17
Anni messaged SD about lunch - "mmm Nandos"

12 Nov 10:16
VZ: We;ve extracted BBM messages from that phone (Anni's) for the 4 and 5 November. (records handed to the court).

12 Nov 10:13
VZ: Did he deny it? PH: That's correct. In the transcripts, even his brother Preyen asks him when his last contact was.

12 Nov 10:13
PH: the accused, when asked when he had communication with Tongo, he says the Saturday. Even then, he didn't say that he spoke to Tongo on that Friday. These intentions here may seem nice to us, but the investigation proves there was a phone call between M. Dewani and Mr Tongo that night. He never told us about the call, nor in the interview with (journalist) Nick Parker.

12 Nov 10:12
Judge to PH: Do you concede that they were kissing and cuddling? PH: yes.

12 Nov 10:12
SD is trying to compose himself in the dock, he is taking deep breaths, wipes away tears, sips water.

12 Nov 10:11
The photos are taken in a bar area. Anni takes pictures of SD, then a waiter takes pictures of them both. Anni leans into SD, hand on his shoulder, as she speaks to him. SD then holds her and gives her a kiss.

12 Nov 10:09
Another clip shows the couple posing for a photo, they are affectionate, look like typical honeymooners.

12 Nov 10:07
VZ: Both clips are on their way back. The point is, that was some hours after, according to the state's case, he plotted to murder his wife...

12 Nov 10:07
VZ: You are aware that the accused and the deceased went to Sevruga on the Friday night. PH: That's correct

12 Nov 10:06
SD is said to be fighting back the tears in the courtroom.

12 Nov 10:05
The 1st clip shows SD and Anni walking over the bridge outside the Cape Grace.They're hand in hand.

12 Nov 10:04
Defence shows Hendrickse (PH) three clips. The first two were taken by CCTV cameras at the Cape Grace.

12 Nov 10:03

12 Nov 09:56
Hendrikse, will be recalled to the stand this morning, at the defence's request, tweets eNCA's Leigh-Anne Jansen. He is expected to be questioned about two or three video clips.

12 Nov 09:53

Hendrickse, who led the investigation into Hindocha's murder, denied bias against her husband in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, Sapa reports.

Francois van Zyl, for Shrien Dewani, asked Captain Paul Hendrikse whether his attitude towards his client and the investigation was fairly impartial. Hendrikse, the 15th State witness, replied yes.

The defence also criticised Hendrikse for not keeping an investigation diary and for failing to timeously follow up on the primer residue results for Qwabe's yellow kitchen glove.

The officer explained that he put all his notes and observations into statements that were available to the defence.

He said it was an "oversight" that they only obtained the primer residue results after the defence requested it from the State.


12 Nov 09:53

On Tuesday, the court heard about emails sent from Anni Hindocha to Dewani, just days before her murder in Cape Town.

Captain Paul Hendrikse, the State's 15th witness, said they recovered her BlackBerry phone and sent it to the United Kingdom in January 2011 to obtain its contents. Two e-mails from the deceased to her murder-accused husband were found.

"I left my home, family and everything to be with you and three days later you say that if you knew marriages were like this, you wouldn't [have] got married. Seriously, do you want me to leave you?" she said in the first e-mail.

"It's very mean of you to tell me things you told me just after marriage.

"Then you should have told me this before. I don't want an insecure man or a man whose feelings doesn't come naturally that you have to force yourself."

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