20 key questions in the Dewani trial

2014-11-24 20:10
Shrien Dewani in the dock at the Western Cape High Court. (BBC, Twitter)

Shrien Dewani in the dock at the Western Cape High Court. (BBC, Twitter)

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Cape Town - As Shrien Dewani's trial on charges relating to the murder of his wife, Anni, in November 2010 reaches a crucial stage, we look at some of the main unanswered questions and mysteries in the case.

1. Why would Dewani get married if he was admittedly bisexual, and why was he surfing gay websites while on honeymoon?

2. Did Anni know Shrien was bisexual? If she accepted it, there would not have been any motive to kill her. If she found out and had threatened to expose him, that could possibly have been a motive.

3. Why did Dewani randomly choose to use taxi driver Zola Tongo at the airport, and not use pre-arranged transport?

4. Would Dewani really have asked a taxi driver he just met to organise a murder?

5. Why would Zola Tongo jeopardise a R30 000-R40 000 per month income plus his vehicle for a R5 000 fee for his role in the hit?

6. Why did Tongo immediately call Monde Mbolombo to find hitmen? Was his role bigger than just a middleman?

7. Why was the alleged hijacking plan so haphazard?

8. Why would the Dewanis carry R14 000 in cash with them when going out for dinner - including R10 000 supposedly for a helicopter trip?

9. Why did Dewani not mention this helicopter trip to police at the time? It only emerged in his plea explanation.

10. How come the Dewanis reserved a "romantic table" at 96 Winery Road in the Winelands but ended up eating at a restaurant in Strand? How did Tongo talk them into this?

11. Why would they have driven into Gugulethu twice on the night of the hijacking?

12. Why was Dewani forced out of the vehicle, but Anni remained? Was it a kidnap attempt or a plot?

13. Who really fired the shot that killed Anni? Xolile Mngeni or Mziwamadoda Qwabe?

14. Was she killed by accident because she was screaming, or was shooting her part of the plan?

15. When did the Hindocha family become suspicious of Dewani? Was his behaviour after the murder suspicious, as Anni's cousin Sneha Mashru testified, or was he just in shock?

16. When did Dewani's family learn of his sexuality? His sister deleted his Gaydar profile days after the murder.

17. What other information or evidence was deleted?

18. Was Judge Jeanette Traverso justified in disallowing any evidence about Dewani's conflicted sexuality, thereby undermining the State's case?

19. Why did Dewani fight so hard to avoid extradition to South Africa, if he was certain of his innocence?

20. Why did the NPA spend so much of taxpayer's money on extradition proceedings and R3m for a charter plane if they weren't certain they had a watertight case?

Read more on:    anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  honeymoon hijacking  |  dewani trial

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