S&M master key witness in Dewani trial

2014-05-11 09:02
Murder accused Shrien Dewani in Cape Town. (File, Sapa)

Murder accused Shrien Dewani in Cape Town. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - An S&M specialist male prostitute will reportedly testify in murder-accused Shrien Dewani's trial, when it gets underway in the Western Cape High Court, the Sunday Times reported.

Leopold Leisser, a German based in the UK, who describes himself on his website as "Europe's leading S&M [sadomasochism] Escort" was expected to be a key witness in Dewani's trial.

Dewani is charged with five counts relating to the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010. Monday will be his second appearance in court. He made his first appearance on 8 April.

Anni's father Vinod Hindocha confirmed to the Sunday newspaper that Leisser was set to appear during the trial.

"He's our key witness," he said.

Leisser told the newspaper he could not comment: "It's an ongoing matter. I'm sorry."

Hindocha said along with Leisser, Anni's cousin Sneha Hindocha, to whom Anni allegedly sent smses detailing her unhappiness with Dewani, and two other relatives, would also testify.

On his website, Leisser poses in black leather with the visor of a cap hiding his eyes and smoking a large cigar. He writes that if clients are "ready for real domination, hard discipline and total control...dann auf die knie mit dir!!!! [then on your knees]".

Leisser describes himself as hairy, well endowed, and mentions under work experience that he served in the army.

His website has photographs of the equipment he uses and posts from satisfied customers. "Pigboi from Dublin" declares that "Master instantly put this pigboi at ease". Michael is "still thinking about your hairy arms around my neck". Bob had a "wonderful time".

Leisser was mentioned in media reports about Dewani in 2012. A British newspaper, the Daily Star, reported at the time that Leisser told police he had been paid by Dewani to have sex on three separate occasions. Leisser claimed Dewani had told him he needed to "find a way out of getting married" and that he would be "disowned" by his family if he attempted to break off his engagement.

Since Dewani's last court appearance, he has spent just over a month in Valkenberg state psychiatric hospital where he is being treated for apparent depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

At his last appearance before Judge President John Hlophe, the smartly-dressed Bristol businessman appeared bewildered.

According to the indictment handed to the court at the time, he is charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice. He has not yet been asked to plead.

Dewani fought a three-year battle to avoid being extradited from the UK to South Africa to face trial.

Dewani has denied any involvement in the kidnapping of his bride at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in a minibus taxi during their honeymoon. Dewani was released unharmed, Anni was shot dead.

Prosecutors allege Dewani hired Xolile Mngeni to kill his wife. Mngeni has since been convicted of the murder and jailed for life. Two other accomplices are also already serving jail terms in connection with the crime.

Read more on:    anni hindocha  |  shrien dewani  |  cape town  |  crime  |  dewani trial  |  honeymoon hijacking

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