Anni's dad listens to killer's testimony

2012-08-27 12:18

Cape Town - Anni Dewani's father Vinod Hindocha sat in on the trial of her alleged killer in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Hindocha sat with his fists tightly clenched as he watched proceedings get underway.

Both he and a female relative wore a photo of the slain honeymooner on their chests. The photo, edged with pink ribbon, showed a smiling and relaxed Anni.

Dewani was on honeymoon with her husband Shrien Dewani in Cape Town in November 2010, when she was killed in an apparent hijacking.

Xolile Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Hindocha sat on the edge of his seat as the State's next witness, convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe, was called to the stand.

Qwabe was sentenced to an effective 25 years in jail for his part in the murder.

The father held his hand over his mouth and then wiped away tears as Qwabe described how Anni's husband allegedly organised her murder.

Mngeni has been found fit to stand trial despite having a malignant brain tumour.

Shrien has been accused by various sources of masterminding his wife's murder and making it look like a hijacking.

  • indranm - 2012-08-27 12:58

    British Law protects its citizens even if they are guilty, but I am sure tides will turn when south africa will one day not extradite one of our own for commiting a crime in that country.

      delish7564 - 2012-08-27 13:41

      Actually they don't. It's the same as here and no doubt other countries too....criminals seem to have more rights than victims. Shameful!

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-27 13:03

    It must be Horrific to be a parent from SA or Sweden to be drawn into the dissemination of the murder of your daughter. ... in this case ... in a perpetual manner ... Especially when the murder is premeditated and even more so when the motive is money. 'Clenched fists' is a helpless sign of anger ... you want to stand up in court and ask a simple question ...... WHY?

  • patrick.m.ellis.7 - 2012-08-27 13:07

    Is'nt it ironic how Britain are hell bent on extraditing Julian Assange to Sweden to face sex assault charges but are allowing Shrien to hide behind the "emotional stress" pretext bulls$%t ! I have no doubt he's emotionally stressed after arranging the death of a beautiful person. Send him to SA Britain and quit with the double standards!

      gladlad - 2012-08-27 13:22

      u just hit it man...!!!!

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-08-27 13:27

      Julian Assange is a Threat to the British Empire He is also a Threat to the American Empire Shrien is the means that the Empire uses to remain an Empire.

  • delish7564 - 2012-08-27 13:40

    How very sad....I can't even begin to know how a parent gets over this kind of thing, it's just too heartbreaking to contemplate. Hope he finds the strength and gets justcie in the end. As for the British Government and the difference in their attenpts to extradite Assange rather than handing over a suspected murderer, I've said it before and I'll say it again, disgusting :( Priorities all wrong!!!!!

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