Dewani wants to fight charge, court told

2013-07-02 22:00
(Dominic Lipinski, AP)

(Dominic Lipinski, AP)

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London - Psychiatrist Dr Ian Cumming told a London court on Tuesday that honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani had told him he wanted to fight the charges against him.

"He said he wanted to prove that he hadn't done anything wrong," Cumming said, the British Press Association reported.

Dewani told Cumming this during an interview.

"He said he didn't think about the case and said: 'I'm right, I haven't done anything wrong, the truth will come out. I don't have anything to hide'."

However, Cumming said the 33-year-old would not suddenly volunteer to go to South Africa.

"I think that sometimes pushing patients on towards difficult things may be actually acting in their interests. It could well be that in six months or a year's time we have exactly the same position," he said.

"There's something to be said for getting on with it. Mr Dewani is not going to wake up one day and suddenly say 'I'm ready to do this'. I just don't think that's going to happen. I think he has got to be edged towards it, and I think the clinicians have a responsibility in that."

According to Dewani, his wife was shot when a minibus taxi the couple was in was hijacked in the Gugulethu, Cape Town, in November 2010.

Dewani and driver Zola Tongo were ejected from the car before Anni Dewani was driven away and killed. She was found dead in the back of the abandoned vehicle with a bullet wound to her neck.

Dewani is accused of orchestrating the death. He faces extradition to South Africa to stand trial for her murder, in which he denies any involvement.

Last year, South African Xolile Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder for shooting Anni Dewani.

Prosecutors claimed Dewani hired him to kill his new wife, something Dewani has consistently denied.

Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the crime.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, also pleaded guilty to charges related to the murder and was given a 25-year prison sentence.

Members of both Shrien and Anni Dewani's families were in court again on Tuesday for the second day of a five-day extradition hearing.

Dewani has been excused from attending.

Read more on:    zola tongo  |  anni hindocha  |  xolile mngeni  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  honeymoon hijacking

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