Anni told of wedding night woes - report

2012-04-05 15:55

Cape Town - SMSes reportedly sent by murdered bride Anni Dewani during her honeymoon have cast a further shadow over the man accused of arranging her killing.

Her husband, Shrien, is suspected of masterminding her murder in a staged hijacking while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

According to an IOL report, Anni had told a relative that her marriage to her murder-accused husband had not been consummated on the wedding night, and that he "did not touch" her.

It's alleged that the startling claim was made to her cousin just days before she was shot and killed, sources close to the investigation said.

Previous newspaper reports claimed that Anni had expressed doubts about her impending union with Shrien, but this is the first indication of any unhappiness after the wedding.

The SMS claims follow various reports in the British media about Shrien's alleged encounters with male prostitutes.

A British political figure has also alleged he had S&M sex sessions with Dewani, as well as a series of sordid encounters at gay fetish club The Hoist in London.

The 53-year-old man told police they had sex in a room of the club where “spanking and punishment” parties were hosted on several occasions between 2003 and 2008.

Shrien had faced extradition to South Africa for his alleged involvement in Anni's murder, but Britain's high court recently halted the process on mental health grounds.

He would not be not be extradited until his health condition improves, it ruled.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-05 16:04

    This saga just becomes sadder by the dy! Every article must be like a knife in her families side! His health will NEVER improve-there is nothing wrong with him! If he is so innocent then he should come over and prove it!

      Shirley - 2012-04-05 16:12


      Assegai - 2012-04-05 16:29

      I agree Shirley. To think that this beautiful girl had to die because Dewani probably wanted to prove to his family that he was straight. What a price she had to pay at the hands of a man that couldn't face his own sexual orientation. I have a friend on Facebook that was married to a gay guy and it ruined her life. If you are gay, then make peace with it and go live your gay life. Don't ruin a woman's life and conceive kids because you need to prove anything!

      Irene - 2012-04-05 16:36

      Assegai ~ Most gay people have made peace with it, unfortunately it's society that hasn't.

      Johan - 2012-04-05 17:06

      Just to reiterate something that we have forgotten a long time ago: Shrien does not have to prove his innocence (he is innocent until proven guilty), he has to defend the claims made by the police and of course the thought-averse public. No doubt that he has some questions to answer, but keep in mind that all the "evidence" in the public domain is circumstantial at best coupled with the testimony of a self-confessed criminal/killer (negotiating a deal) and that of a heart broken relative. The emotional investment in this case is already way beyond what SA courts can handle.

      Phil - 2012-04-12 13:11

      You make a serious error Shirley ...he doesn't HAVE to prove his innocence. The prosecution needs to prove him guilty. At least , that is what happens in the real world.

      Phil - 2012-04-12 13:17

      Assegai there is something wrong with your logic. According to Hindocha family , Dewani was the one doing the "chasing" ....also according to the Hindocha family , Anni wanted to call off the wedding was Dewani who wanted to go ahead. I cannot see how it makes sense to persuade someone to marry you ...only to kill them later because you are married to them. Of course , it makes as much sense as being able to find a hitman within minutes of landing in Cape Town.

  • Dee - 2012-04-05 16:24

    At the root of all this is that there still way too much taboo surrounding homosexuality in 21st Century. How very different a story if Dewani could have married some fella of his choice without fear of ? being disowned by his family / community. I'm left handed - and thank god we've moved on from burning lefties at the stake..... but way overdue that we stop condemning left-sexed / ambidexterous people.

      Phil - 2012-04-06 13:45

      WTF are you talking about DEE? There is no evidence that he is gay ...all we have are unsubstantiated claims by 2 people involved in kinky sex games. If the SA Police had done their jobs there would be no need for this circus. Let me tell you something else ...this circus (if Dewani ever comes to trial) will embarrass this country like you cannot believe. This trial will make us a laughing stock.

  • Ian - 2012-04-05 16:27

    How can you kill such a beautiful woman. I really fail to understand. Pulling a trigger to such disarming beauty. I would have told Shrien Dewani to go to hell. He must closed his eyes and pulled the trigger.

      clivecorbz - 2012-04-05 16:32


      Colin - 2012-04-05 16:47

      He was a coward - from the circumstantial evidence it sounds as though he PAID for someone else to do the dirty work....had no balls. both figuratively and literally. He did not deserve the company of that lovely woman - let alone being married to her. What a wimp!

      Phil - 2012-04-06 13:47

      "from the circumstancial evidence" What on earth is between your ears Colin? What evidence ? I cannot wait for this to come to trial and see the laughing stock that it will make is hard to believe that people could be as dense as you.

  • Saleé - 2012-04-05 16:34

    Sorry, @Dee. At the root of all this is "choice". Some brave people choose to fight the world's bigotry head on; and not defenseless, innocent women.

      Dee - 2012-04-05 18:02

      Indeed. No excuse intended. Merely an attempt at understanding why such a poor choice could be made.

  • Jacque - 2012-04-05 16:45

    I don't understand how women get involved with men like this in the first place ... surely there were warning signs ?

      Johan - 2012-04-05 17:14

      Both men and woman make wrong choices. Not as if you sit and share low points on your first date. Anyway, you are assuming that the swill you see in the media is correctly represented. Two words: emotive, circumstantial...

      Dee - 2012-04-05 18:03

      Culturally - perhaps an arranged marriage? And culturally unacceptable for any 'test driving' before marriage?

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-05 16:48

    Looks like he learnt something when he came here. Just play sick and you stay out of jail & court..

  • pmlouw - 2012-04-05 17:00

    Seems like old Shrien's going to have a ball of a time in SA prison. Papa also loves S&M...

  • Marion - 2012-04-06 11:23

    "Previous newspaper reports claimed that Anni had expressed doubts about her impending union with Shrien, but this is the first indication of any unhappiness after the wedding." This is not the first time their has been any indication of unhappiness after the wedding. I recall reading reports where an air hostess on their flight to SA said that they sat apart and Anni was crying and did not want to go sit with her husband.

      Phil - 2012-04-06 13:51

      Marion , the family obviously believe that Dewani is guilty ...therefore they are hardly neutral. I wonder if there is any hard evidence of these claims you think it is it normal in the Indian cultre for Brides to "report" on their husbands performance after the Honeymonn night ???? Also this claim hardly ties in with the video (shown on UK TV) of the couple kissing passionately hours before she was murdered.

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