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Dewani trial to begin after gunman ruled fit

Dewani trial to begin after gunman ruled fit

Published: 13 Aug 2012 13:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Aug 2012 13:32 GMT+02:00

Xolile Mngeni has a brain tumour, which has delayed the trial's start, but a medical exam had found it would "not alter the situation in so far as the ability of the accused to understand" the proceedings, said Judge Robert Henney.

"We will proceed with this trial on Wednesday," he said.

Mngeni was named as the gunman by his fellow accused Mziwamadoda Qwabe last week who pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder, which he said the pair had been recruited to carry out as a botched hijacking for her husband Shrien Dewani.

Qwabe said Mngeni, who arrived in court with a walking frame, had fired the shot from the front passenger seat and that they had agreed to a 15,000 rand ($1,800) fee. Qwabe was jailed for 25 years after his guilty plea.

It was the second plea bargain to implicate Shrien Dewani, whom South African prosecutors are fighting to extradite from Britain to stand trial.

In 2010, the driver entered his own plea and turned state witness and is serving 18 years in prison.

Britain has approved Dewani's extradition but on March 30 the London High Court temporarily halted the process, citing mental health grounds. The businessman has strongly denied any involvement in the killing.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:21 August 13, 2012 by jimmyjames
The so-called is a piece of camel dung and should hunted down like a rabid animal and put down.....it is really that simple. Not one, but three individuals have named him as the the organizer, planer and financier of this youg womans heinous murder. Now he has mental health problems.....funny how all the evil bastards of the world never have any problems until JUDGEMENT DAY. Show him the exact same type of concern, consideration, and respect that he showed the murdered young women who he took to South Africa hoping to be able to murder her there and then hide the crime amongst all the existing random violence that occurs there daily. Mercy is a noble trait but should be horded and used like Gold.....spent only on those who themselves have shown some mercy in the coarse of their actions.........punch this bastards ticket.
11:09 August 14, 2012 by Flutterbye
@ jimmyjames......agree 101%.....I posted on here in another article about this case, imo we are having the usual crap about how he now has mental health problems and the British courts believe it, he should be extradited to SA to stand trial NOW.
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