AS IT HAPPENED: Shrien Dewani in SA

2014-04-08 08:42

Follow live updates as honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani lands in South Africa to face charges linked to the murder of his wife, Anni.


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Last Updated at 21:35
Cape Town - Honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani has landed in South Africa to face charges linked to the murder of his wife, Anni.

14:45 - That's it for this live update. We'll be back with more on 12 May 2014 when Dewani makes his next court appearance.

WATCH: Shrien Dewani in court: what you missed

14:44 - "Dewani is now in Valkenberg hospital. He went in through a backway, media at front gate didn't get a glimpse of him," says Renee de Villiers.

14:30 - 

14:07 - What happens if Dewani is found mentally ill? Watch.

13:59 - Journalist Graeme Raubenheimer tweets: "Shrien Dewani twitched nervously in court at times. During proceedings he turned his head quickly & stared at some in the packed court."

13:46 - Journalists are now waiting outside Valkenberg, ahead of Dewani's arrival there.

13:43 - News24 journalist Dane McDonald tells me Dewani looked flabbergasted while in the dock "like he didn't know what was going on around him".

13:39 - Back from court, News24 journalist Jerusha Raath says, "Dewani is thin, gaunt and greyer than we've seen him."

13:38 - It appears to be difficult to get a picture of Dewani even as he leaves court. Police are moving journalists away as Dewani prepares to leave court.

13:37 - 

13:33 - State alleges Dewani is guilty of: conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and/or murder; kidnapping; and defeating the ends of justice.

13:14 - Dewani family statement:

13:05 - 

12:58 - 

12:55 - The Dewani family speak to Francois van Zyl.

12:53 - Dewani's legal team is leaving court.

12:51 - Dewani will make his way to Valkenberg now that his hearing has ended.

12:49 - To recap: Case postponed until 12 May 2014. Dewani will be remanded at Valkenberg Hospital until then. 

12:48 - That's it. Hearing over.

12:47 - Dewani asked if he understands charges. He says he does. He is taken down to the cells below the courtroom.

12:46 - Prosecutor says Dewani is suffering from debilitating mental illness, tweets Andrew Plant. 

12:45 - NPA reading out statement that Dewani will be admitted to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital. Seems he'll await trial there, tweets Lester Kiewit. So not the Goodwood prison then, as earlier stated.

12:43 - For "his health & safety, or health & safety of others", state asks that he is admitted to Valkenberg, tweets Maclean.

12:42 - State and defence agree for matter to be postponed to 12 May 2014.

12:41 - NPA asks that Dewani case be postponed until 12 May. He'll be held at Goodwood prison in a single cell sickbay.

12:40 - Rodney de Kock of the NPA to hand in application.

12:39 - Judge John Hlophes takes his seat.

12:38 - Dewani has arrived in court. He is wearing a black suit, white shirt and tie; smiling and talking to a family member. Court silent.

12:37 - Francois van Zyl, Dewani's lawyer, has arrived at court. He has a reputation to match Barry Roux's, says Ruth Maclean.

12:32 - Shrien's mother and father along with other members of his family have arrived in court.

12:28 - Journalists in court tweeting about the frenzied atmosphere before Dewani finally appears in court. Photographers are scurrying to get photos.

12:26 - Police threatening to confiscate camera equipment in court .

12:24 - Things are heating up. Ruth Mclean tweets: "A fight has broken out in court as a photographer and cameraman come in with their GIANT cameras."

12:21 - Prosecution arrives led by Adrian Mopp and Rodney De Kock, says Thamm.

12:20 - 

12:19 - Cop's photo of Dewani shows him clean-shaven and smartly dressed, says Marianne Thamm. 

12:11 - Minutes away from Dewani's court appearance. His family members are at court. 

12:07 - 

11:56 - "We want the family of Anni [Dewani] to be happy about the outcome of the trial. We want a fair trial," says the ANCWL. Read more here.

11:35 - Seems as if there are some courtroom scuffles happening. "Someone got up from their seat, a German journalist tried to take it, had to fight her off.  HECTIC," tweets Marianne Thamm.

11:29 - "Police in Dewani courtroom jumping like grasshoppers. After spending £100k on a private jet, authorities would want to get it 'right'," says Ruth Mclean. That's around R1.8m spent on getting him here. Sjoe!

11:27 - Leigh-Anne Jansen says Dewani is currently being processed in the holding cells..

11:23 - Andrew Plant says the delay is "to give Shrien Dewani time to change. He is being charged in cells below courtroom with murder".

11:21 - Shrien Dewani's hearing has been postponed to 12:30, journalists there are reporting. Not sure why as he arrived ahead of the scheduled time.

11:19 - Raucous in court as policeman tells spectators to keep the noise down and not take photos, tweets BBC's Andrew Plant.

11:19 - Court is packed.

11:14 - 

11:11 - The convoy.

11:09 - Dewani has arrived at court. 

11:06 - 

11:02 - eNCA's Lester Kiewet  says there are media cameras on bridges all the way into the city for Dewani.

10:59 - Dewani is being transported in a black vehicle with tinted window, says EWN reporter Graeme Raubenheimer. There are delays, he says. Ruth Maclean says the vehicle is a black Hyundai.

10:57 - Public gallery and media benches full ahead of Dewani's 11:30 court appearance.

10:51 - Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock in court 1, says Caryn Dolley.

10:50 - Ready and waiting. Dewani is expected shortly. This will be the only opportunity for journalists to photograph him. Camera equipment in court has been banned.

10:46 - WATCH: Will Shrien Dewani apply for bail when he appears in the High Court and is he mentally fit to stand trial? William Booth weighs in.

10:45 - Time for journalists to turn off recording equipment.

10:38 - eNCA journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen says: "Doors opening. SD on the way". Journalists inside court have until 10:45 to switch off their camera equipment.

10:37 - Dewani's "peculiar medical condition needed to be monitored and the situation on a commercial fight had the potential to compromise it and that would have [an] adverse effect on the pending medical examination in a bid to get him to recover," said Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga. Read the full article.

10:33 - Police are serious about security today. Will media defy orders?

10:27 - Back entrance of court. Will Dewani enter this way, as suggested by Stuart Grobbelaar?

10:26 - Quite a crowd. Dewani yet to arrive at court.

10:20 - Dewani is expected to appear before Judge President John Hlophe at 11:30. He is expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice

10:14 -

10:06 - The ANCWL out in full force ahead of Dewani's court appearance.

9:55 - Dewani being process by police at the airport before being take to court. 

9:47 - No photos will be allowed once Dewani arrives at court, say reporters there. Reporter Caryn Dolley tweets: "Police say photo equipment to be removed from court 1 early to make time for other security procedures."

9:45 - The ANC Women's League is in court, too. They've also been present at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, supporting June Steenkamp.

9:43 - Apparently, Shrien's father, Prakash Dewani, is in Cape Town. This is according to Twitter account @Justice4Anni.

9:40 - An empty family bench. Not sure whether the Dewanis will be in Cape Town later to support Shrien. Anni's family won't be there today.

9:39 - The department of justice has declared that honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani will be lead out of the "hole" as a normal suspect when he appears for the first time in a South African court. Watch.

9:33 - Could this be the plane Dewani is on?

9:29 - Dewani has landed in Cape Town.

9:25 - Confirmation that Dewani is in fact on a private chartered plane paid for my the SA government. Journalist Ruth Mclean quotes advocate Hishaam Mohamed of the Justice Department as saying: "You're paying it, the taxpayer... It's in the public interest."

9:22 - Dewani's hot seat later.

9:15 - There appears to be confusion about where Dewani will land. Some believe he is on a private chartered jetthat will land at Ysterplaat Air Force base, while many media reports sayhe is on a BA flight which is scheduled to arrive at Cape Town International at any moment.

9:04 - The National Prosecuting Authority briefed the media on the expected arrival of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani. Watch.

9:03 - Scores of cameras set-up around the Western Cape High Court - seems as if media houses will get their coveted Dewani pics after much NPA wrangling, says our journalist at court.

9:00 - In other news, the Oscar Pistorius trial continues today. Follow our live updatesfor more on that case.

8:58 - On Twitter? Follow MyNews24. We've got a journalist at court tweeting all things Dewani.

8:51 - Quite a heavy police presence outside court.

8:48 - Street before Western Cape High Court has been cordoned off. Journalists will be able to  apply for accreditation from 09:00, says Maygene de Wee. Dewani is set to be charged in court at 11:30. Read: Court cordoned off ahead of Dewani

8:46 - The flight carrying Dewani is expected to land in Cape Town in around 20 minutes, according to Justice4AnniHindocha.

8:42 - Seems more and more police are arriving at court ahead of Dewani's arrival. He has yet to land at Cape Town International Airport.

8:37 - Big media contingents are waiting at the airport and the Western Cape High Court for the arrival of Shrien Dewani, tweets Sunday Times journalist Bianca Capazorio.


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