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Shrien Dewani trial continues

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British businessman Shrien Dewani’s trial, on a charge of murdering his wife Anni, continues in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Monday. At his last court appearance on Wednesday, a police ballistics expert called by the State seemed to cause much exasperation and frustration during cross-examination.

Pieter Botha, for Dewani, questioned Warrant Officer Pieter Engelbrecht about how he arrived at his ballistic results and seemed incredulous when given the answers, often stating: “Are you serious?”

Engelbrecht’s testimony had focused on how he compiled three re-enactment videos showing how Anni Dewani could have been shot in the shuttle bus her husband claims they were hijacked in.

Dewani is accused of the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town on Saturday, November 13, 2010. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, conspiracy to commit these crimes, and defeating the ends of justice.

The State alleges he conspired with others to stage the hijacking for R15,000. Anni Dewani was found dead in the abandoned shuttle taxi in Khayelitsha on Sunday, November 14. SAPA


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