The murder of honeymooning bride Anni Dewani in a Cape Town township sent shockwaves around the world – and the mysteries about the circumstances of her death haven’t yet been solved.
Meanwhile her family is trying to forget the shocking images of her bloodied body on the seat of an abandoned taxi and instead cling to good memories of her.
In Sweden, where the family lives, older sister Ami Denborg (33), an engineer in Stockholm, is shattered. ‘‘I can still see her radiant at her wedding just a few weeks ago.
‘‘We’re a very close-knit family. Although there’s a fairly large gap between us we were always very close. We shared all our secrets and got up to mischief together.
Anish (22), youngest of the three children and an economics student, recalls how protective Anni (28) was of him.
‘‘I couldn’t have had a more loving sister. She always ended her messages with, ‘I love you more than anyone in the world’. If someone upset me she didn’t think twice about giving them a piece of her mind.’’
Her parents, Vinod (61) and Nilan Hindocha (59), still can’t believe she’s gone. It’s a nightmare from which they just can’t wake.
Their family lived in Uganda but in 1972 President Idi Amin expelled all Indians from the country. The Hindochas moved to Sweden.
Ami says it’s hard to accept Anni will never visit them again.
‘‘She was mad about my four-year-old boy and three-year-old daughter – and they about her. Whenever she visited we knew we would have a good time.’’
Anni’s husband, Shrien Dewani (30), who was thrown out of the car by hijackers, has hired Johannesburg lawyer Billy Gundelfinger to represent his interests and London-based image consultant Max Clifford to counter suggestions he might have been involved in his wife’s death.
Read the full story in YOU, 2 December 2010.