Dewani: a charade?


A pathetic, somewhat unkempt figure arrives at a court in south-east London.

Shrien Dewani (31) looks as if he won’t make it through the day – but a top behavioural expert and body language specialist says pictures of him tell a different story.

In South Africa he faces charges of armed robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping and the murder of his wifeAnni (28).

But he denies masterminding or having anything to do with Anni’s murder when they were hijacked during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November.

Instead he claims her death has seriously traumatised him.

He’s being treated for major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychomotor retardation – which causes him to think and move slowly. Psychiatrists for South Africa and the defence have testified he’s not fit to stand trial.

Professor Michael Kopelman said during consultation Dewani could speak coherently and at length about subjects such as his medical background but struggled to remember events on the day of the murder.

But he added he couldn’t exclude the possibility of an element of manipulation. And that’s exactly what body language expert Dr Denise Bjorkman suspects.

She’s studied pictures and video footage taken of Dewani since Anni’s death in November and sees conflicting messages in his demeanour.

Read more in YOU 28 July 2011.

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