Anni’s dad: Dewani threw tantrums, manhandled body

2014-10-20 10:55
Anni with her father in happier times. (Rapport)

Anni with her father in happier times. (Rapport)

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Cape Town - As British murder accused Shrien Dewani returns to the Western Cape High Court on Monday, he faces newly publicised accusations that he threw tantrums around his wife’s coffin and manhandled her body.

The claims are made in a statement Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, gave to police in December 2010, a month after her murder in Cape Town.

The Weekend Argus also reports that Hindocha claimed Dewani held a pizza party on 19 November, a week after Anni was killed, for about 500 people. Hindocha said he found it offensive as no parties are held during the mourning period.

Dewani said the party was a type of memorial service for Anni who loved pizza and chips.

He also claims that his daughter fought often with Dewani when they were dating and after one clash told him not to treat her like a possession and threatened to leave him, the Daily Mail states. She also said he was like Hitler but old her father "I will get married to him". 

Anni’s father says he also later found out that Dewani had insisted on accompanying her sister, Ami, and cousin, Sneha, to a London funeral parlour to dress the body. This went against the Hindu custom which stated that only women dress a body when a woman dies.

Ami later told her father that Dewani had manhandled the body when he tried putting gold bangles on Anni’s wrist.

The Hindochas were also upset when Dewani wouldn’t allow their family some time to privately view Anni’s body before it was cremated, the Daily Mail reported.

Dewani also threatened to have a memorial service on 21 November cancelled if any of the Hindochas attended. Vinod later apologised to Anni’s husband for upsetting him.

But Dewani upset the Hindochas again when he refused to allow Anni’s sister to speak at the memorial service.

Vinod also claims that the Dewanis tried to get him to sign a document stating that there was no animosity between the two families.

The statement formed part of the case against hitman Xolile Mngeni, who died at the weekend.

The two families avoid all contact, sitting on opposite sides of the Cape Town courtroom.

Dewani was apparently emotional after Anni’s murder, said Warrant Officer George Stefanus.

The policeman took Dewani’s statement at the Cape Grace Hotel, Sapa reports.

"As I say, when he came down he was neatly dressed and stuff, but you could see he was a bit emotional," Stefanus told prosecutor Adrian Mopp.

Dewani apparently told him that Anni spoke to Tongo about the townships and then insisted that he take them to see the nightlife there.

Read more on:    shrien dewani  |  vinod hindocha  |  cape town  |  dewani trial  |  crime

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