As it happened: Police officer grilled by Dewani defence

2014-10-21 15:50

Get live updates from the Western Cape High Court where murder accused Shrien Dewani is on trial for plotting the killing of his wife, Anni, in 2010.


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Last Updated at 06:33
21 Oct 15:56
Questioning of Mellet over. Ballistic expert due as next witness in court tomorrow - prosecution asks for time to set up demo.

21 Oct 15:34
Court adjourns till tomorrow.

21 Oct 15:34

Traverso: Is there anything else in your pocket book that is not contained in this exhibit?

Mellet: Nothing to do with this.

21 Oct 15:33

Traverso clarifying the issue of Mellet's pocket book.

Judge tells Mellet: the impressionthe  court gets is that you were reading from your pocket book?

Mellet: yes.

21 Oct 15:32

VZ tells Mellet that despite Dewani being emotional and traumatised, he explained to you what happened.

Shrien nods as VZ says the accused didn't speak about his wife in the police car as he was severely psychologically damaged.

21 Oct 15:23

VZ: How many times were tourists robbed in that area?

Mellet: Quite a few times. I can't give the number.

Mellet is explaining how he thought it was strange that Shrien was so clean and smart - most people are injured when robbed.

21 Oct 15:20
Mellet - in his experience "people that are being robbed, whether it is a knife, a firearm or a hijacking...they injure everybody"

21 Oct 15:18

VZ: Was he crying?

Mellet: He was crying.

VZ: Did he look anxious?

Mellet: He looked traumatised.

VZ: Were his clothes still in good condition?

21 Oct 15:16

Mellet: If it was me, I would've asked repeatedly what police are doing to trace my wife.

VZ says Mellet is trying to "create an atmosphere of suspicion" by saying Shrien was tense, nervous and sweaty... Mellet disagrees.

21 Oct 15:14
Mellet says it was strange Shrien didn't ask about his wife as "a person would want to know where his wife fear of their life".

21 Oct 15:10
VZ argues that Shrien had to race back to the hotel as from there he could make international phone calls to the UK.

21 Oct 15:06

21 Oct 15:04
Mellet concedes Dewani was not running to his room - as earlier said during his cross examination.

21 Oct 15:02

CCTV footage of Shrien Dewani inside the Cape Grace hotel, after his arrival with cops now shown in court...

The footage shows Shrien walking through a passage at the hotel. VZ says this shows he wasn't running. Mellet agrees.

21 Oct 14:56

VZ: Please explain what did Mr Dewani do on his arrival at the hotel?

Mellet: We went to the main entrance of the hotel, Shrien went to the porter at front desk, he walked to front to the passage and started running...I can't say why.

VZ: Did he run, jog, walk? Mellet: Run

21 Oct 14:52

In Mellet's statement: Dewani mentioned after dinner, his wife "requested" to drive through township to see the nightlife.

VZ: I want to put it to you that this "insisted" just slipped into your evidence because you wanted to alter version.

VZ: I want to put it to you - you just wanted to adjust evidence.

21 Oct 14:48
Mellet: Mr Dewani said to me that she [his wife] insisted they go to see the nightlife in the township for the last time.

21 Oct 14:44
Mellet is being grilled by VZ over the details of how Shrien was sitting in the car - how he could sit with his back to the driver.

21 Oct 14:43

VZ: The question was - how was he sitting with his back to the driver?

Mellet: With all due respect, I wasn't present during the incident. I can't tell.

21 Oct 14:40

VZ: What did you think. How can someone sit with their back towards the driver?

Mellet: It's possible. If you sit sideways, behind the driver's seat

"...I can't say, but, for me, it's possible." "...if the person is not big"

21 Oct 14:38

VZ wants to know where Mallet got the idea to view the CCTV footage.

21 Oct 14:31

Mellet: The purpose of my conversation was to get some information and get people who could assist with the recovery of Anni Dewani.

VZ: Whose idea was it to get CCTV footage?

Mellet: It was my idea, seeing that it was a high profile hotel.

21 Oct 14:29

Mellet says Shrien did not remember the time the incident took place when he was interviewed by police at the station...but on the way back to the hotel, he was calmer in the car and [I] was able to talk to him - he remembered the time then.

21 Oct 14:28

Mellet: whilst driving with Shrien to Cape Town, he appeared calmer, but still traumatised and nervous.

"...The purpose of the conversation was to extract more information about the incident, he was very traumatised."

VZ: Did Cpt. Japhta and Col. Basse not ask him about the type of vehicle it was?

21 Oct 14:25

VZ questioning Mellet over the statements of other officers - they asked Dewani about where the incident took place but he couldn't say.

21 Oct 14:21

VZ asks about a Cpt. Japhta, whether he was there?

Mellet: He came just before we left for Cape Town, he wasn't there for a long time.

21 Oct 14:19

VZ tells Mellet that the notes he said he gave to Colonel Barkhuizen about the attack, cannot be found.

"They seemingly can't be found. Is that surprising?"

Mellet: Yes

21 Oct 14:16
Day 7 resumes. SA police sergeant Mellet is being questioned - he was on duty the night of the murder.

21 Oct 14:14

21 Oct 14:07

21 Oct 12:55

21 Oct 12:54
Court adjourns for lunch...

21 Oct 12:52
Mellet says he didn't write down every single detail from his conversation with Shrien - just the key points.

21 Oct 12:48

VZ: Where are the notes from your pocket book because as I understand, you take notes, then summarise in your book

Mellet: As I've said umpteenth times - I've handed it to Col. Barkhuizen.

21 Oct 12:46
Mellet's police notes are in English - he explains that all police notes in Khayelitsha are written in English.

21 Oct 12:43

VZ asks when Mellet made notes from his conversation with Shrien in the car - he says he made them that night and kept them in his safe.

...Mellet's notes from the night of the murder are handed out in court.

21 Oct 12:40

Mellet says Shrien did not say anything on the way to the hotel that made him suspicious of the taxi driver (Tongo).

VZ: When were you asked to make a statement & when did you give the statement. Mellet: It was long after the incident.

Van Zyl now grilling Sergeant Mellet in relation to the hijacking incident.

21 Oct 12:37

Mellet: I received the description, year and model of the vehicle...I sent that to Cpt. Buys to radio a Code 6.

"One of the contract cellphones, that was Shrien's wife, was a Vodaphone with "cellfind", the last signal was Mfundizeni street in Khayelithsa - I sent that to my colleagues in Khayelitsha for them to search the street."

21 Oct 12:34

21 Oct 12:28

21 Oct 12:27

Mellet: I immediately did enquiries with the hotel security - a security guard took me to the control room.

"I scanned the CCTV footage to get the registration and a description of the vehicle", Mellet says and adds "the purpose of the exercise was to do a general announcement throughout the Western Cape".

21 Oct 12:23
Mellet says on the way to the hotel Shrien was "sweating & was very nervous" - Mellet felt sorry for him and turned on the air con.

21 Oct 12:21

Mellet says that it was "strange" that on the way to the Cape Grace hotel, Shrien did not mention his wife.

According Mellet as a married man he'd be very worried if it was his wife - was strange that SD didn't ask what the police were doing.

21 Oct 12:17

...Shrien Dewani hands written note to his defence team.

Mellet says under initial questioning, Dewani explained how his newly wed wife wanted to see the nightlife in the township.

"Shrien explained that after they were robbed, the robber wiped the car with his woollen hat."

21 Oct 12:14

Mellet says he took Dewani along with a reservist policeman to the Cape Grace Hotel.

"We had a conversation on the way - the reason was to ascertain exactly where the incident happened."

...He says he had a conversation with Shrien on their way to town, to establish exactly where the crime scene was.

21 Oct 12:09
Mellet says Shrien explained what had happened, that they were on the way to the hotel when the car was hijacked.

21 Oct 12:07

Mellet: He was dressed very neatly. His clothes were clean. His appearance was clean.

Mellet says Shrien's appearance & clothes were clean. Said it was clear he was involved "without a struggle taking place".

21 Oct 12:06

Mellet, who was on duty the night Anni was murdered, says that Shrien repeatedly requested to be taken to the Cape Grace hotel.

Mellet says he doesn't know why Shrien wanted to go back to the hotel so urgently.

21 Oct 12:02
Mellet is testifying in Afrikaans...

21 Oct 12:02
On duty on the night of 13 November 2010 - there was a radio announcement at the station that evening...about hijacking & kidnapping.

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