Shrien Dewani at risk in SA, court hears

2011-12-13 17:36

London - A British man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa is too sick to stand trial and is at risk of violence or suicide if in custody there, his lawyer told a British court on Tuesday.

Clare Montgomery said her client, Shrien Dewani, was "too ill to be extradited" or to stand trial, and was a suicide risk.

She said Dewani wanted a fair trial, but "that is, at the moment, on the advice we have been given by those who are treating him, not possible".

Montgomery also said Dewani faced the risk of violence, including sexual violence, from other prisoners in South Africa.

Prosecutors say Dewani arranged the murder of his 28-year-old wife, Anni, who was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town's deprived Gugulethu township in November 2010.

A taxi driver, Zola Tongo, has been convicted of murder and says Dewani offered him R15 000 to arrange the killing and make it look like a carjacking.

British Home Secretary Theresa May approved the extradition of 31-year-old Dewani in September after a district judge ruled he should be sent to South Africa to stand trial.

Dewani denies involvement in his wife's death, and his lawyers say he is suffering from depression and severe post-traumatic stress.

Dewani, who is being treated in a psychiatric hospital, did not attend the start of the two-day high court hearing.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-13 17:47

    If he is at risk why did he come here to kill his wife?

      Shadoz66 - 2011-12-13 17:50

      cause Africa is the murder capital of the world after all aint it?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-13 18:04

      Africa will only be a better place if the west stops donating weapons to Africa.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-13 19:51

      @Shadoz Africa is a continent u scumbag, i bet u ar from Afghanistan or Pakistan & its much safer

      John - 2011-12-16 18:15

      @ Cosmos O'Ndebele Liviit...Shadoz66 doesn't know who Mashabane is either. Cosmos, i think meaning of "safe" for you is prerogative. The only problem is the definition of the word.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 17:47

    Amazing how contagious Sheik Titus is. It's already spread to London

      Heiku - 2011-12-13 17:54

      They should just give all these sheiks cancer using prolonged X-raying or tar or whatever they use on labrats to make sure they are "terminally ill".

  • Ben - 2011-12-13 17:53

    Agreed, but if he had his wife killed he has earned the priviledge to be at risk. Did he not put her at risk.

  • rupick - 2011-12-13 17:53

    Papa wag vir jou in Polsmoor !!!!!

  • Ahmed - 2011-12-13 17:55


  • Aaron - 2011-12-13 17:56

    send him back

  • Shirley - 2011-12-13 17:59

    Welcome to South Africa pal.We are all at risk daily here but your client is a coward who is too afraid to do the time for his crime. As for the suicide-no loss,will save us tax payers some money. Hes depressed that he got caught.Sounds like he has been in contact with Selebi and Shaik.

  • - 2011-12-13 18:13

    Seems like he has contracted a "selebi-strain" of the "shaikatitus virus".

      Shirley - 2011-12-13 18:32


  • flysouth - 2011-12-13 18:19

    This strange disease which is becoming more common in SA appears to have spread to Britain - even though it seems to be a less virulent strain involving mere depression and PTSD! In SA it is claimed to be fatal but only over the loooong term - 20 -30 years or so, perhaps more. The cause is usually the receipt of a lengthy jail term handed down by SA courts!

  • - 2011-12-13 18:19

    "...Dewani faced the risk of violence, including sexual violence, from other prisoners..." - Damn right he's at risk. He's afraid that if he goes to prison he'll have to swallow a fork upside down so it can serve as burglar bars when it reaches the "end of his tunnel". It will come in handy against the "proctologists" when he drops the soap!

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-13 18:24

    These poor lawyers will come up with anything in order to defend the indefensible!

  • Karmah - 2011-12-13 18:24

    If china can execute one of our citizens then we should be allowed to try this douchebag!

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-13 18:28

    Hope he suffers severe depression, murderer.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-13 18:37

    One more won't make any difference is our already overcrowded prisons.....there are 14 000 foreigners housed at OUR expense, and At a cost of at least R150 per day, these foreign prisoners cost South Africa more than R470 million (R 469 755 000) per annum. This could EASILY be solved if Jacob Zuma just signed a reciprocal agreement, which is ON HIS DESK, to repatriate SA prisoners back here (only about 1600) and send the others back to prison in there countries. But, AS USUAL Jacob G. Zuma, who scored an abysmal "F" rating for performance this year has just not signed the relevant documents. Pathetic performance.....and you and I pay the price!

      Mike - 2011-12-13 18:59

      @ Xavier7034: I'm not querying your intentions, merely your argument. How do you work out that R469,755,000 is more than R470 million. You lose credibility with such obviously-flawed reasoning. So I have to assume that your other "facts" are similarly rubbish.

      Janet - 2011-12-13 19:49


      Monica - 2011-12-13 20:20

      @Xavier7034 and all others "F" rating this says it all

  • d4zza - 2011-12-13 18:45

    He must be a relation of Shabir Shaik then

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-13 18:46

    are they in effect admitting his guilt by actually saying that he'll be violated in our prisons?

      Marcs - 2011-12-13 19:03

      Good question! Have they replied you yet?

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 19:13

      Still waiting, they have to go through 3 European courts first before they answer that

  • Marcs - 2011-12-13 19:01

    That cant be a defence, he must be extradicted to face the trial here. We have one of the best legal system that can protect his interest. Secton 35 of the Constitution is there for him.

  • Chans - 2011-12-13 19:36

    cut the crap and get your ass over here! Whether you get manhandled now or later doesn't really make a difference if you going to jail. How much mercy did you show your wife when you left her to her fate!

  • Janet - 2011-12-13 19:46


      Janet - 2011-12-13 19:59

      what they did to the Linden lady in China is so in human, for 3Kg, I am flabergastered, South africa could have done more, pathetic pathetic, i am heart broken. She did not have a chance to present herself, she was just written off, shame on our Presidency

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-12-13 20:33

      @Janet - RE DEWANI - It sounds as you have evidence that the police don't have. Why don't you take it to the police? Dewani will never be found guilty with the "evidence" the police is trying to stick to Dewani. You must agree that him "avoiding his wife's parents" is not evidence of his guilt. To be frank, the Hindocha family (on Facebook) has only slandered the Dewani family. They are a messy mouthed crowd with not an intelligent brain cell amongst the lot. The lot on Facebook is a massive embarrassment to the Hindocha clan. I would also avoid them if I were him.

  • Heather - 2011-12-13 20:01

    Aaww Shame! Then he should have not chosen South Africa to do his dirty deed.

      Janet - 2011-12-13 20:04

      and your point is???

      Heather - 2011-12-14 07:18

      Janet. Late night?? My point is, if he does not want to spend time in a South African jail, then he should not have chosen South Africa as the country to have his wife murdered. Do you understand now?

  • darren.peach - 2011-12-13 20:07

    If this guy gers away with this then there is truly no justice in our world.

      Janet - 2011-12-13 20:10

      I agree with you..... he is guiltely, he has not spoken to Annie's parents since her death, WHY????

      darren.peach - 2011-12-13 20:27

      gets not gers.

  • Monica - 2011-12-13 20:10

    Stand trial and prove your innocence - the world - especially the British would be watching every single second of Shrien Dewani's life and he would be in FAR less danger than any other person in our beautiful SA! DON'T be a COWARD - prove you were not involved. Give Annie's family peace. To the British powers that be - do the right thing - if he is innocent as he claims he will not be in danger and would be exonerated - a free man! If not then respect the SA laws!

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  • Mfosi - 2011-12-13 21:07

    Of course he has post truamatic stress, he didnt expect to get nicked so quickly, after all he committed the crime in 'Africa' where there is no law and every country a banana republic! He should have had her killed in Botswana, then there would really be justice, ask marrietta Bosch!!

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