As it happened: Dewani witness evidence was weak, admits State

2014-11-25 14:45

Get the latest updates as Shrien Dewani returns to court for the 24th day of his trial. He will hear soon if the Western Cape High Court will acquit him of the charge of murdering Anni Hindocha.


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25 Nov 14:39

25 Nov 14:36
Aislinn Laing further tweets: "Meanwhile Dewani's august barrister Francois Van Zyl is chuckling with journalists, looking rather pleased with himself."

25 Nov 14:35
"Dewani family seem confident. Preyen laughing with defence counsel," says Leigh-Anne Jansen.

25 Nov 14:34
"Dewani's family look crushed as judge announces another delay in the case," tweets Aislinn Lain. 

25 Nov 14:34
Court adjourned. Back on 8 December.

25 Nov 14:33
Judge Traverso says she needs time to make the decision. She will deliver her decision on the matter on 8 December 2011.

25 Nov 14:21

Van Zyl, for the defence, says that he is only allowed to reply to the law; he has nothing to say about that. He does, however, have six points on the merits.

25 Nov 14:20
State concludes its heads of arguments.

25 Nov 14:19
AM: Not totally unsatisfactory to draw the proverbial line through it. Tongo was the only one who communicated with Dewani.

25 Nov 14:18
Traverso: Will you agree with me that State's case depends on a single witness? He was an unsatisfactory witness. Don't you need corroboration in law?

25 Nov 14:17
AM: It is almost beyond State to come up with a conspiracy within a conspiracy against the accused

25 Nov 14:15

Court back in session.

 AM is trying to discredit the alternate scenario put forward by the defence.

25 Nov 14:10

25 Nov 13:13

25 Nov 13:13

25 Nov 12:47
Court adjourns for lunch.

25 Nov 12:33

25 Nov 12:32
Judge challenges Mopp on whether Mbolombo was a good witness, Mopp admits he started on a deficit, ie he'd lied before.

25 Nov 12:31
Mopp explains why couple went back to Gugulethu already having been there earlier that night - suggesting hijacking the reason

25 Nov 12:18
Judge questions Mopp on fact that hijacking was meant to happen first attempt, not second attempt - will get to that later.

25 Nov 12:10
Judge questions Mopp on call Mbolombo said he received which didn't exist - suggests that evidence is all lies.

25 Nov 12:05
State also admits Mbolombo not truthful in statements and earlier evidence.

25 Nov 12:03
State concedes that Qwabe did not make the best impression as a witness, and his evidence must be considered with caution.

25 Nov 11:58
AM explains issue of two firearms.

25 Nov 11:49
AM raises issue of Qwabe's yellow glove and says residue not indicative of fact that he fired shot.

25 Nov 11:48

Good point

25 Nov 11:47
State admits Qwabe's evidence was weak in regard to shooting; money, fee, and Mbolombo's role.

25 Nov 11:46
Dewani spins his head around as noise and chatter is heard outside court, tweets Roy McKenzie. 

25 Nov 11:44
AM: On evidence we see that Tongo sent a text message when they were close to the hijacking spot.

25 Nov 11:43

25 Nov 11:40
Court is back in session. AM going through cellphone evidence now.

25 Nov 11:15
Tea adjournment. Judge calls counsel to chambers.

25 Nov 11:15
State concedes Tongo's testimony is not free from mistakes and contradictions - explains as "natural defects of observation".

25 Nov 11:03
"Hindocha family look pretty glum as Mopp says this would all have been comical if it wasn't for tragic consequences," says News24's Roy McKenzie, who is tweeting from court.

25 Nov 11:02
"Occasionally, just ever so occasionally, the Judge asks a Q of the State which doesnt indicate she'd quite like to throttle him," tweets Alex Crawford.

25 Nov 11:00
AM: Only reason he didn't say it was comical in heads of argument was because of tragic consequences.

25 Nov 11:00
AM: We're dealing with an amateurish attempt, if the deceased wasn't killed, it would have been comical.

25 Nov 10:58
AM: On the evidence, door was opened for Dewani to get out - was assured no harm would come to him.

25 Nov 10:57
On child locks issue, Traverso says: Here's a man who's going to pay him R15 000 - then creates situation where this man will be locked in car?

25 Nov 10:56
Now dealing with restaurant booking: Judge points out plan changed when co-conspirators not in Gugulethu at agreed time.

25 Nov 10:55

25 Nov 10:54
State spells Mngeni's name wrong on p52 of heads of argument - raises certain questions about this document.

25 Nov 10:49

25 Nov 10:48

25 Nov 10:47
Judge: So they robbed the person who still has to pay them?

25 Nov 10:46

Judge: Dewani, as co-conspirator, robbed of his R4 000?

AM: If you engage yourself with criminals, they seize opportunity.

25 Nov 10:44

Traverso says that wasn't her question. She asks: Is the state persistent that the money that was exchanged on the Saturday was going to be used to pay the killers?

AM: Yes. The State's case is that Dewani exchanged dollars, got R10 200. Previous evening exchanged R8 000.

25 Nov 10:42

Judge Traverso: Is the State persisting that this money was exchanged in order to pay the killers?

AM says that a portion of the money that was exchanged would've been needed to pay for the hit.

Traverso: Where is that evidence?

AM: It's an inference we can draw.

25 Nov 10:41

25 Nov 10:40
Mopp is already on page 51 of 62-page heads of argument. Even with the judge's repeated interruptions.

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