Cape Town: A South African accused of being the triggerman in the 2010 honeymoon slaying of Anni Dewani, a Swedish bride of Indian origin, was found guilty on Monday, ending his long-delayed trial as the woman's husband continues to fight extradition over the killing.
Judge Robert Henney gave the verdict on Monday in the trial of Xolile Mngeni, charged with killing 28-year-old Anni Dewani. Prosecutors say Mngeni was hired by Dewani's British husband to carry out the November 2010 killing, which was made to look like a carjacking.
Mngeni, who underwent surgery in June 2011 to remove a brain tumor, has suffered seizures and black outs and has troubles remembering things, his lawyer has said. His poor health has slowed his trial and he appeared skinnier on Monday than he had at previous hearings, wearing a white button-up shirt with blue flowers on it. Mngeni needed a walker to make his way into court and he sat without betraying much emotion during the proceedings, looking straight ahead at the judge as he spoke and a translator offered his words in Xhosa.
In his ruling, Henney dismissed claims by Mngeni's lawyer that his client had been set up for the killing. Henney found Mngeni guilty of murder and robbery charges, while acquitting him of kidnapping charges. The judge described the case against Mngeni as "overwhelming" and said an "avalanche of evidence" came crashing down on his claims of innocence....more
06:30 PM, Nov 19, 2012
Johannesburg: A South African man on Wednesday pleaded guilty of being hired by a British-Indian to kill his honeymooning wife and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, raising the prospects of early extradition and trial of the accused businessman husband. Mziwamadoda Qwabe was one of two men accused by prosecution of being hired by British-Indian businessman Shrien Dewani to kill 28-year-old Anni Dewani, a Swedish of Indian-origin, in a...
06:36 PM, Aug 08, 2012
Johannesburg: Selling of T-shirts carrying objectionable slogan referring to the gruesome murder of an Indian-origin lady have sparked a fresh controversy in South Africa, attracting criticism from different sections of the society, including that from the victim's family. The apparel with the message "Dewani Tours - treat your wife to a killer holiday" apparently refers to the killing of Indian-origin honeymoon bride Anni Dewani in Gugulethu township of Cape Town...
12:59 PM, Jun 25, 2012
London: In a temporary relief for NRI businessman Shrien Dewani, the British High Court on Friday halted on mental health grounds his extradition to South Africa to face trial for the murder of his wife in a fake car-jacking during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. The high-profile extradition case has been halted for now, but the Court said it was in the interests of justice that he...
05:56 PM, Mar 30, 2012