Dewani killing detailed in plea deal

2012-08-08 14:56

Cape Town - Details of the murder of Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani were made public on Wednesday when one of the suspects pleaded guilty to her murder.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe was jailed for 25 years. The Western Cape High Court imposed 15 years' imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances, five years each for kidnapping and illegal possession of a firearm, and 25 years for murder.

Judge John Hlophe said the robbery, kidnapping and firearm terms would run concurrently with the murder sentence.

Qwabe earlier pleaded guilty to all charges. His lawyer Daniel Theunissen said he had signed a plea agreement.

Dewani, 28, was shot in an apparent car hijacking while on honeymoon with her husband Shrien in Cape Town in November 2010.

Contract killing

In the plea agreement, Qwabe admitted to kidnapping Dewani in Gugulethu with co-accused Xolile Mngeni, Zola Tonga and Shrien Dewani, on or about November 13.

He admitted assaulting her with a firearm to force her into submission, and robbing her of a Giorgio Armani watch, a gold and diamond bracelet, a handbag and her cellphone. Her possessions were worth about R90 000.

He further pleaded guilty to driving Dewani to Ilitha Park, in Khayelitsha, where she was shot in the neck and killed while in the car.

He said her husband had arranged the contract killing.

"The agreement was that Zola and the husband would be unharmed and that the deceased would be kidnapped, robbed and killed," Qwabe said in the plea agreement.

"The kidnapping and robbery were part of the plan to make it appear that this was a random criminal act, unconnected to Zola or the husband."

Dewani has repeatedly denied these allegations. He is being treated in the United Kingdom for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

At the end of July, his lawyer Claire Montgomery told the Westminster Magistrate's Court that keeping her client under medical treatment in the UK for 12 months would speed up his recovery, rather than jeopardise it by sending him to South Africa.

The British Press Association reported that the hearing was adjourned to September 18 for a psychiatrist to examine Dewani and give the court more information about his condition.

Only then would a decision be made on whether he was fit to stand trial in Cape Town.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-08 15:08

    Mother Africa awaits you Dewani......

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-08 15:22

      Polsmoor awaits him... Toughest prison in SA!

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-08 15:23

      Why would he do this to the family? She never deserved any of this. He is such a cruel man and I hope that he is made to rot in our jail.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-08 15:24

      Dewani must be returned to South Africa to face trial.

      procold2 - 2012-08-08 15:36

      rot in hell rather than in prison,

      Revelgen - 2012-08-08 16:25

      Dewani engaged the services of Max Clifford who is a lawyer (in)famous for assisting very dubious people. It's obvious that he advised Shrien Dewani to play sick in the hopes that justice would be delayed and possibly the whole thing would go away. Sorry Clifford and Dewani - it hasn't.

  • mxolisi.veco - 2012-08-08 15:10

    at last, some justice. I hope this guy does not get free after 5 years.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-08-08 15:40

    Would implicating Shrein Dewani reduce the accused sentences?? not buying the story that he is falsly accused. Mark Thatcher was part of organising a failed coup, but got off \scott free\.....justice is really biased sumtymz!

  • sinethemba.bryan - 2012-08-08 15:57

    This Shirien Diwani guy is playing hide and seek with our justice system he must come and face the music .Porllsmoor Prison is waiting for him!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-08 15:59

    Bring the sniveling little weasel of a scumbag back here pronto and throw his sorry ass in prison for the rest of his natural life..!

  • Nikita Mitchell - 2012-08-08 16:17

    i prayer justice is served and she gets justice. she was a stunning girl who had her whole life taken a way because of greed from a man she loved

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-08 17:09

    Sounds good,25 years in jail for goods worth R90 000 for this stupid guy.Learn to work hard you silly gangsters.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-08-08 17:12

    Sounds good,25 years in jail for goods worth R90 000 for this stupid guy.Learn to work hard you silly gangsters.

  • James Cussen - 2012-08-08 18:43

    We should all save up and send a hitman over to the UK

  • MIGGED - 2012-08-10 10:49

    John Mongrel Awaits!!!

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