Dewani will be fit for trial, court hears

2011-12-15 09:13

Johannesburg - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani would be fit to stand trial in South Africa, a London court has been told, according to a report on Thursday.

Hugo Keith, representing the South African government, argued in the High Court on Wednesday that Dewani would receive a good standard of psychiatric care, if extradited to South Africa.

The Star newspaper reported that Keith referred to a recent psychiatric report on Dewani, which states that he "will improve in mental state and indeed will recover... it is highly unusual for cases of depression and/or post traumatic stress disorder not to improve in the medium to long term".

The two judges adjourned the case.

Dewani stands accused of masterminding the killing of his bride Anni, in Khayelitsha in Cape Town, in November last year.

The couple's taxi driver, Xola Tongo, has made a plea bargain with the State, admitting that he helped Dewani set up the murder, allegedly meant to look like a hijacking.

Tongo was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment. The two alleged hitmen were still awaiting trial.

The UK signed an extradition order for Dewani in September, which he is now trying to appeal.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-15 09:29

    South African prisons are one of the worst in the world? Why on earth would he take a chance and stage his wife’s murder here? Why not do it in the UK rather where the prisons are hotels compared to here?

      tolo.zulu.mchenge - 2011-12-15 09:42

      atleast you know them you've been there! he didn't... yu should have warned him then

      Bardy - 2011-12-15 09:47

      @ tolo. Sorry if you do not have TV my man. You should try Cash Crusaders. Then you will also be able to watch Special Assignment and 3rd Degree. Not that you will pay your TV license but hey... This is the new South Africa hey?

      Janine Meyburgh - 2011-12-15 09:50

      In a small way, if he is found guilty, will demonstrate his IQ.

      RPhiri - 2011-12-15 09:51

      Plus British inmates don't rape, they would probably torment him with lots of tea...

      Jean - 2011-12-15 09:51

      @ Bardy have no idea what you are talking about as well. SA prisons are not amazing but theyre no worse than most of Africa, Asia and SOuth America. ANd why did he stage his wifes murder here? because the dumb idiot thought he could get away with it and use SA's high crime rate as the reason for his wifes urder. He thought we were stupid here in SA but he is going down!!!

      christinephillips1000 - 2011-12-15 10:16

      Based on what stats do you make the statements you make? Have you compares SA prison to perhaps Chinese prisons, Vietnamese prisons, what about out friends in South America... I heard the prisons in venezualla are pure luxary compared to SA. A prison is not a freaking hotel! Your tax monies pay for them. Id rather see my tax money build schools. The only thing i want our prisons to be is secure!

      Bardy - 2011-12-15 13:56

      @ emile - Your government made sure of that! I can't afford it because the ANC made sure companies are putting uneducated fools into high paying jobs that I am qualified to do! But because I am not black I am denied and can't afford the luxuries you can! So you can just shut up with the racism sh$t!

      Jo.Davies123 - 2011-12-15 14:10

      I agree with Jean. Goggle "worst prisions" and SA doesnt even make the list.

      Bardy - 2011-12-15 14:19

      Geez people! It's a figure of speech FFS! I never said that it tops the 10 worst prisons in the world! I merely trying to say that SA prisons are bad and compared to the UK ones, the UK ones are like hotels...

      Juan - 2011-12-15 16:13

      That would depend on the prison. All these "special cases" prisoners get sent to Malmesbury, which is actually quite a civilized place. Of course if you talk about Pollsmoor, it's a different story, there a young defenseless guy will become some 28's bitch

      Judith - 2011-12-15 21:03

      Bardy - you sound like you have been in a vast selection of prisons....and have first-hand experience :)

  • RPhiri - 2011-12-15 09:34

    In other news tonight the extradition of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has seen an increase in Vaseline sales.....I wonder what sickness Shrien Dewani will come up with, now that Schabir Shaik's shaiktitis has been copy written.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 09:41

      He can get it if he pays Shabir royalties.

      RPhiri - 2011-12-15 09:49

      I bet Selebi and Dewani will be bidding drastically over the royalties.

  • Monika - 2011-12-15 09:36

    Mike, you are spot on. To Oscar Manamela I say: Go to school, learn to spell (you mean "leave" not "live") then you will see things more clearly.

      Mendy - 2011-12-15 09:51

      You ppl get irrelevantly picky and out of context!

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-15 13:20

      it's internet arguments, you allowed to... no hard feelings!

  • Janice - 2011-12-15 09:44

    Good news at last.

  • Deon - 2011-12-15 09:52

    Pappa wag vir jou!!!!!!!he he he!!!

  • Taetjo - 2011-12-15 09:58

    Good news!

  • Atholl - 2011-12-15 09:59

    The Criminal Mind If you are fit to plot the crime in a premeditated way :: - whilst sitting next to, living with, embracing the victim - where no valid motive exists then you must be fit to answer to your guilt or innocence. The criminal mind has no ability before, during or after the crime to think rationally - that it may be caught. Criminal minds act on impulse and instinct - like a beast Criminal minds only find reason/rational thinking when they hit 'the bottom' Or break the law - or both - very few are strong enough to change themselves before.

      RPhiri - 2011-12-15 10:12

      Atholl we need to extradite Lindiwe Mazibuko away from your rightful position, back to England where she rightfully belongs making tea. Jokes aside, but that was an excellent analysis of the criminal mind.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-15 10:04

    The ones that we can feel sorry for are Annie's parents........they deserve justice......whatever the outcome may be of this long-running saga. One must ask though.....if found guilty, what was this "man" hoping to achieve? The easy answer seems to be financial gain. If by murdering somebody, and then getting money, how can ANYBODY live with their conscience - in the longer term it could drive some people to distraction...certainly not happiness.

  • Janine Meyburgh - 2011-12-15 10:10

    Please be responsible when commenting "Pappa Wag" or anything to do with "vaseline" it is not assisting with the extradition. Remember too that everyone is innocent before being proven guilty in SA Law.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-15 13:22

      weh weh weh!

      Chantelle - 2011-12-15 13:53

      janine... the london courts arent reading these comments.... so what do these comments have to do with it? why dont you contact SAB then to ask them to completely remove their ad...

  • Beverly - 2011-12-15 10:21

    Amazing that our country was good enough to commit the crime in, but not good enough to face the consequences of his actions in! Come meet Bubba you big girls blouse!!!!!!

  • gaeleen - 2011-12-15 11:02

    His reluctance to come to SA is a strong indication of his guilt

  • phumla.april - 2011-12-15 11:04


  • trompie1 - 2011-12-15 12:01

    Ja sure no aping here anymore...some cowboycopalready into nice orange pajamas..sure Prison will have ur size... ask Commissioner Selluby Easylie.. no kidneying here...other cops may be on the waiting list (not to be charged but to be discharged.)Should maybe ask Netcare about trade in organs...if the money is right those profiteers maybe al ears..maybe they got a brain for u..and may even be be able to advise how to get off the hook,(not that THEY ever did anything wrong...You see if some people do wrong they will always spin it right...or do another deal...called gamblers or something..)Deals on wheels(organs on (hospital)trolleys). U should even give the noose a miss.. so sorry we can't offer that you are a loser..sorry for that.. Plse come over..courts are fairer than some of us..just remember don't feign and court u will spin urself into some noose(just way of speaking) ..that is IF u ever lie...and u maybe will have to beware of the probabilities..Truth catches criminals..(sometimes and sometimes not, if u guilty u will rot....) Regards.

  • Andre - 2011-12-15 12:43

    He has already proven his guilt by his conduct.He's depression stems from his guilt and nothing else. All people guilty of crime etc suffers from depression. The courts must stop entertaining this crap and see that justice is done as soon as possible.

  • Mickey - 2011-12-15 12:48

    Everyone is SA is so keen to get Shrien back to SA to face SA Justice for a crime he committed in SA, but the same people bitch and moan about some scum-of-earth SA drug mule that gets executed in a foreign country. If you go somewhere and commit a crime, be prepared to face the consequences of that country's legal system; be it life in prison, or death sentence.

      Paul - 2011-12-15 13:45

      He Mickey, in case you forgot, the SA Flag has changed! Where have you been all these days?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-15 15:45

      mickey,are you the guy from the chicken licken ad,that came out after all these years

  • Paul - 2011-12-15 13:43

    If he loses this appeal, he can then go the Supreme Court (only on issues of the law), failing that can go to the European Court for Human it's wont be any time soon...if he actually get's to SA. The good news is that it gives SA some time to get any issues sorted out to do with how/where he will be kept. A bit of a catch 22 situation. I know people just want to know the truth by now!

      timmy.ditsele - 2011-12-15 14:31

      Since prime evil will be released soon i think he will have to go to england and sharpen his much neede skills with this moron,then we wont have to waste our tax monies on him.just a thought.

  • rooibok1 - 2011-12-15 15:07

    That poor girl...imagine the horror. Faark him bring him over!!

  • Piet - 2011-12-15 15:48

    He just pleads Bi-polar then everything is fine

  • bindutoit - 2011-12-15 16:50

    Extradition process or not he will berammed up the a- hole for his is very pretty look like girlvrien for daddy Selebi

  • SuzanneGonzalez - 2011-12-15 21:21

    If he is so innocent, what has he got to fear? Let her family have closure one way or another. 13 months later and nothing has been resolved...frankly justice is taking too long.

  • Gail - 2011-12-16 09:34

    Is it perhaps possible that Dewani paid money to the person who is serving 18 years in an effort to save their lives but it wasn't enough so they allowed him to live and took Annie as security until such time as Dewani paid them more money for her release. It has always puzzled me why he was released at the hijacking scene and they went off with his wife but if you think about it would you choose to leave your new wife with thugs in the middle of nowhere while you were driven to go and get more money to pay them for her release. Maybe Dewani believed that if he paid them enough money they would release Anni and he was captured on camera doing that but they had already killed Anni because she refused to be sexually assaulted. Why did the cops release him in the first place unless he told them a story like that and they believed it. We are after all dealing with crooks here who kill for R15,000 and who have implicated him as being the mastermind purely to get a lesser sentence. His medical condition is exactly what one would expect in someone who has led a protected life and has been put through an experience like this. PTSD and depression are no joke and who would choose to go back to a place where your wife had been brutally murdered and your life ruined? Those who did it have no respect for life so what is a lie here and there if you want to get a lesser sentence?If someone had killed your wife been caught because of your testimony wouldn't you resist revisiting the country?

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