Dewani cops conspired - lawyer

2012-11-06 14:29

Cape Town - Police and witnesses conspired to implicate Xolile Mngeni in the murder of honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

In his closing argument, Qalisile Dayimani, for Mngeni, accused many of the State's witnesses of fabricating their evidence and of being fed details about the crime by the police.

Dayimani asked Judge Robert Henney to dismiss most of their evidence, which he said was either fabricated or not credible.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to hijacking, robbing and killing Dewani in Gugulethu on November 13 2010.

Henney asked the defence if the allegations were a theory or based on substantial facts.

"It's a theory," Dayimani said.

Henney said the lawyer had been in court long enough to know people were not convicted on theories.

"This is pure speculation. There is a difference between drawing an inference and speculation... it has to be based on evidence and certain concrete facts to convince us to believe this," the judge said.

The trial continues.

  • gerry.gee.39 - 2012-11-06 14:55

    Based on theory not FACT!?!?! Really? Idiot.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-11-06 15:30

      This lawyer is really dumb, even now he can't see that he has lost this case.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-11-06 15:01

    Well that kind of tells you were the good Judge stands on this one - what a pathetic defence(thankfully).

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 15:34

    Surely not in South Africa? absolutely unheard of.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-06 15:47

    The lawyer made an assumption. He didn't realise that if you make assume, you make an ASS out of U and ME. In his case, he is just an ASS.

  • jurie.nel.3 - 2012-11-06 15:47

    Do I miss something here? What, according to Dayimani, is a theory - that the police fed the witnesses info, etc (which would make him, Dayimani, the idoit), or that the info the police fed the witnesses was theoretical - which might just, if he can persuade the judge to believe him, make him the accused's hero in this case. A personal observation - I am grateful I am not a judge in SA today. How they manage to separate fact from deliberate lie is a complete mystery to me.

  • nangamso.mbambo - 2012-11-06 16:51

    Dayimani embarasses teh proffession haybo yhoo

  • peter.wilson.338863 - 2012-11-06 19:37

    Bring Dewani back to stand trial,he is guilty .

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