S Africa – Dewani murder suspect jailed and blames husband

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A South African man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering Swedish woman Anni Dewani during her 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town.

Shrien and Anni Dewani

Mziwamadoda Qwabe says he and Mrs Dewani’s British husband Shrien Dewani shot her dead.

A South African taxi driver has already accused Mr Dewani of asking him to organise his bride’s murder.

Mr Dewani denies plotting to kill his wife. A British court has halted his extradition, citing his mental health.

According to a court document, Qwabe admitted stealing jewellery – including a white gold and diamond bracelet and a Georgio Armani watch – from Mrs Dewani, 28, before killing her.

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He said the murder had been organised by Shrien Dewani, 32, and taxi driver Zola Tongo and Xolile Mngeni had also taken part.

Mr Mngeni has a malignant brain tumour that has stopped him going on trial.

Defence lawyer Daniel Theunissen told the high court in Cape Town that Qwabe had agreed to plead guilty to kidnapping, robbery, murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

Prosecutor Eric Ntbazalila welcomed Qwabe’s admission.

“It’s a positive step for the prosecution because we are now a step closer to getting information on what happened on that day, which will shed some light on the role played by Shrien Dewani,” he is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.  Read more…

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