Honeymoon Murder, Shrien Dewani walks FREE despite hit men confessing he ordered the Killing of his wife
‘The decision to end the trial without the defendant offering a defence, means we, and the good people of South Africa, the UK and various parts of the world who have followed the case, will always live without ever knowing the complete events that led up to Anni’s death.’
TIMELINE OF THE HONEYMOON KILLING
November 12: Newlyweds Shrien and Anni Dewani arrive in Cape Town, picked up at the airport by Zola Tongo
November 13: Honeymooners Shrien and Anni Dewani’s taxi is ambushed as they take a night-time tour of Gugulethu, a township outside Cape Town
Dewani is allowed to go free, but his wife of two weeks is driven off and murdered. Her body is found the next morning in the back of the abandoned vehicle, with a fatal gunshot wound to her neck.
November 16: Dewani leaves South Africa with his wife’s remains. One of the hitmen Xolile Mngeni is arrested by police.
November 17: Mngeni is charged with the hijacking and murder.
November 18: A second assassin Mzwamadoda Qwabe is arrested.
November 20: Police arrest the newlyweds’ taxi driver Zola Tongo. Anni Dewani’s funeral is held in London.
December 7: Tongo is jailed for 18 years following a plea agreement with the prosecuting authorities in which he implicates Dewani.
Dewani is arrested in Bristol on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife, after South African authorities issue a warrant
August 10: District Judge Howard Riddle rules that Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial.
September 20: Wynberg Regional Court in South Africa hears claims that Dewani approached an airport shuttle service operator and sought a hitman to murder his wife almost immediately after the couple arrived at a five-star hotel in Cape Town.
August 8: Qwabe pleads guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery, murder and illegal possession of a firearm, in relation to Mrs Dewani’s murder. He is jailed for 25 years
November 19: After changing his guilty plea to not guilty and facing a full trial, Mngeni is found guilty of premeditated murder in Cape Town. Mrs Dewani’s family attends the hearing.
December 5: Mngeni is jailed for life for the murder of Mrs Dewani.
October 6: On the first day of his trial, Shrien Dewani denies all five charges against him, including murder and kidnapping.
But in a plea statement, he admits that he is a bisexual who has paid for sex with men, including the gay bondage specialist The German Master, who told a newspaper Mr Dewani told him he ‘needed to find a way out’ of his marriage.
October 14: Judge Jeanette Traverso rules that all evidence about Dewani’s sexuality is inadmissible. The state’s case was that his secret gay life was a motive to want to be rid of his wife.
October 28: Taxi driver Zola Tongo tells the trial how Dewani offered him money to arrange his wife’s murder.
November 17: The state closes its case, prompting Dewani’s lawyers to announce they will apply for the charges against him to be dismissed due to lack of evidence.
Culled from Mailonline