Dewani back in court

2014-10-19 22:51
Shrien Dewani in court. (AP)

Shrien Dewani in court. (AP)

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Johannesburg - The murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani is to resume after being postponed on Wednesday last week because one of the prosecutors had chickenpox.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp was calling his witnesses to the stand in the Western Cape High Court without the assistance of his colleague Shareen Riley.

He had a rough time on Tuesday last week when his one witness's testimony was ruled irrelevant and another was made to look inept by the defence.

Mopp subsequently spoke to deputy Judge President Jeannette Traverso in chambers on Tuesday afternoon and she postponed the trial until Monday.

Dewani is accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town on 13 November 2010 and offering local men R15 000 to carry out the hit.

The hitman serving a life sentence for shooting Anni died of a brain tumour on Saturday, the justice minister said, before he was due to testify in Dewani's trial for plotting the murder.

Xolilie Mngeni, 27, was diagnosed with having a brain tumour in 2011, shortly after being convicted of firing the shot that killed Anni Dewani.

He died in the hospital section of Goodwood Correctional Centre in Cape Town as his application for medical parole was rejected by Justice Minister Michael Masutha in June.

Shrien Dewani has denied all charges of conspiring to kill his wife. Three men, including Mngeni, had already been serving jail terms for her murder.

Dewani lost a three-year legal battle in Britain to avoid being extradited to and tried in South Africa.

Last Monday, he told the court he was bisexual, apparently a response to British media speculation that he engineered his wife's murder to escape a heterosexual relationship.

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