Mngeni's alibi witness testifies

2012-10-29 14:05
Xolile Mngeni. (File, AP)

Xolile Mngeni. (File, AP)

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Cape Town - The alleged killer of tourist Anni Dewani watched television and drank liquor with friends the night of her murder, his alibi witness told the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Nombulelo Mato, 24, said her friend Khuselwa and her friend's boyfriend Xolile Mngeni stayed at her house on the evening of 13 November 2010.

"He [Mngeni] was accompanied by one of his friends.... They arrived past 21:00 to 22:00," she said.

Khuselwa was already at the house because she had arranged to stay over for the whole weekend.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, robbing and killing Dewani in Gugulethu, Cape Town, that night.

Slept over

Mato, her boyfriend and his sister, Mngeni, Khuselwa and Mngeni's friend all sat in a room in the main house in Site B, Khayelitsha. They watched television and everyone except Mato drank.

People left as the evening progressed, until only the two couples remained.

Mato testified that Khuselwa asked her whether Mngeni could also sleep over as he looked drunk.

She agreed and the couple left the main house around 01:30 to sleep in a shack on the premises.

Saw him again

Khuselwa came to her around 07:00 and asked for warm water so Mngeni could wash himself.

"Yes, I saw him through the window. I was already up at that time. I saw him walking through the aisle or corridor and he was already cleaned up," Mato said.

She told the court she also saw Mngeni later that day when he returned to her house to look for Khuselwa.

She had locked herself in, because someone had accused her of stealing shoes. Mngeni then left.

The trial continues.

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