AS IT HAPPENED: Dewani second court appearance

2014-05-12 08:55

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Get the latest updates of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani's second appearance in the Western Cape High Court.

10:34 - That will be all for live updates on Shrien Dewani's second court appearance. See you again on 20 June when Dewani appears again.

10:23 - Reporters at the WC high court say Dewani appeared less nervous than at his last appearance. His defence say they can only consult for 30min periods due to his short concentration span, hence they require more time. According to a Cape Times tweet Dewani's defence has described consultations as 'frustrating'.

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10:17 - The order handed in by State allows for the postponement & Dewani to remain at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital, according to an EWN reporter tweet.

10:16 - POWER987 News tweets that Dewani will continue to get treatment for Severe Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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10:12 - EWN reporter tweets that Dewani will be back in court on 20th of June. He's left the dock now. Hlophe warns media again not to take pics.

10:11 - “Dewani sits and stares at Hlophe. His eyes shift now and then. His lips are pursed,” Sapa tweets.

10:09 - This time Dewani is not twitching. His lawyer says he is better, but can only concentrate for 30 mins at a time according to a tweet by Ruth Maclean.

10:06 - Francois van Zyl (for Dewani): "Shrien's condition has improved...we request matter be postponed until 20th of June," - Graeme Raubenheimer tweet.

10:05 - Graeme Raubenheimer tweets “Shrien walks in & takes his seat. Wearing a smart black suit. He is wide-eyed”. Ruth Maclean tweets that his hair looks greyer.

10:03 - Dewani has just walked up into the dock. Judge Hlophe says no one is allowed to take pictures "for as long as I sit on this chair" – Sapa tweet

10:01 - Proceedings to begin shortly

9:58 - Dewani’s family have ‘Stress and worry’ etched on their faces – Sapa tweet.

9:57 - EWN reporter tweets “Shrien's defence counsel Francois van Zyl is here now. Family has also taken their seats. Father Prakash in the middle”.

9:54 - Prosecutors Adv. Rodney de Kock, Adrian Mopp & Shireen Riley have walked in & taken their seats, Graeme Raubenheimer tweets. According to Sapa they seem relaxed and go through their notes.

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9:44 - Dewani was set to appear at 09:30 but the media has been told it will now start at 10:00 - media benches are packed and public gallery is half full according to a Sapa tweet.

9:41 - Judge John Hlophe will preside over Shrien Dewani’s pre-trial proceedings at the WC high court today

9:39 - Sapa tweets: "Journalists were first told no cellphones on. Then they were allowed. Now no phones or iPads allowed while in session. Only laptops".

9:32 - The public gallery in court 1 is slowly filling up, tweets Graeme Raubenheimer, ANC woman's league members taking their sign of prosecutors.

9:30 - The justice department has told journalists that Ipads and cellphones must be turned off (i.e. any device capable of taking pictures).

9:27 - The state will hear from a doctor how Shrien Dewani is responding to treatment at the Valkenberg Mental Hospital according to a POWER987 News tweet.

9:24 - Graeme Raubenheimer tweets "media taking their seats and settling in. All eyes on the dock".

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9:19 - On Sunday, reports emerged that "Europe's leading S&M (sadomasochism) Escort", German-born Leopold Leisser, would take the witness stand when the trial begins, the Sunday Times reported.

In 2012, British newspaper, the Daily Star, reported that Leisser had told police that during an encounter with Dewani, the Bristol businessman told him he needed to "find a way out of getting married" and would be "disowned" by his family if he attempted to break off his engagement - Sapa

9:14 - Journalists have been instructed to turn their cellphones off as they enter courtroom 1 where the Dewani hearing takes place this morning tweets EWN reporter.

9:09 - ENCA's Leigh-Anne Jansen reports speculation that the hearing may be postponed to 20 June.

9:03 - EWN's Graeme Raubenheimer has tweeted that security is extra tight at the WC high court today..."Police telling us NO cameras allowed inside. Being told to switch off phones as well!"

8:50 - Sapa reports: Monday's court proceedings are expected to take the form of a pre-trial conference to determine if the prosecution and State are ready to go to trial.

Dewani is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice. He made his first appearance in the high court on 8 April. Click here for updates of his first appearance.

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8:43 - Shrien Dewani has arrived at the WC high court. ENCA reporter Leigh-Anne Jansen has tweeted that he arrived in a black, tinted-windowed vehicle. A large media contingent is present at the court.

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