Suspected tourist killers to appear in court

2010-11-22 07:46

Two men accused of killing honeymooning tourist Anni Dewani in Gugulethu, Cape Town, were expected to appear in court today.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said the two men, a 26-year-old and a 30-year-old, would appear in the Wynberg Regional Court.

Last week, another 26-year-old man of Khayelitsha appeared in court for the same murder.

A second man was arrested late last week and the third man was arrested at the weekend.

The police would not comment on reports that the 28-year-old Dewani’s husband, Shrien (31) would return to South Africa for an identity parade.

Also, Van Wyk declined to comment on reports that the killing could have been a planned hit.

Britain’s The Sun newspaper on Friday reported that Shrien Dewani, who owned a British healthcare company with his father and brother, was £6.25 million (R70 million) in debt.

The couple was married for two weeks when they were attacked by two armed men who hijacked their shuttle service vehicle around last Saturday.

The honeymooners were apparently returning from a dinner in Somerset West at the time of the attack.

Two armed men forced the driver out of the shuttle vehicle and drove off with the couple. Around midnight they dropped off the husband in the Harare area of the Khayelitsha informal settlement.

He was assisted by passing motorists who took him to the Harare police station unharmed. A search for the hijacked vehicle – a Volkswagen Sharan – led to it being found in Lingelethu West.

The kidnapped wife’s body was found on the back seat of the vehicle.

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