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Slain Swede's husband in drug overdose

AFP/The Local · 16 Mar 2011, 08:31

Published: 16 Mar 2011 08:31 GMT+01:00

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Lawyers for Shrien Dewani and the South African authorities, who are trying to extradite him to face trial, agreed that the 31-year-old should be admitted to the private Priory Hospital in Bristol, southwest England.

Dewani's legal team, who are fighting extradition, previously said he was suffering from acute stress disorder and depressive adjustment disorder.

The court heard at an earlier hearing that Dewani, while on bail, had been rushed to hospital on February 20 after swallowing a cocktail of 46 pills, including diazepam prescribed to treat anxiety and help him sleep.

A psychiatric report written after the incident said it was "unlikely he intended to kill himself on this occasion".

At Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south-east London Tuesday, District Judge Howard Riddle ruled that Dewani must live and sleep at the private hospital, which specialises in treating mental health problems, from Wednesday.

He will remain subject to bail of £250,000 ($400,000) and strict conditions, including a curfew and the requirement that he report daily to a local police station.

Dewani appeared at the court hearing Tuesday but spoke only to confirm he understood the bail conditions.

His wife Anni, whose family live in Sweden, was shot and killed during a reported carjacking on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Zola Tongo, the driver of the taxi in which the young bride was travelling, said he was paid 1,500 rand ($220) for his role in the murder.

He was sentenced to 18 years in jail after he turned state's witness and implicated Shrien Dewani in plotting to kill her.

Dewani denies any involvement.

Speaking publicly about her sister's death in December, Ami Denborg told the London-based newspaper The Times that her family had been charmed by the wealthy Dewani.

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While refusing to say would not say whether her family thought Dewani played a part in her sister's killing, Denborg said that, if he was found guilty, "then what he has done is unforgivable. You can't just kill somebody. It is scary. What the hell was he thinking?" she told the paper.

She said the family would go no further on the matter until the legal process was completed and they felt justice had been served.

"It is terrible enough to lose a sister, but it is even more terrible to lose a sister in such a way. The saddest part in all of this is that it doesn't matter what happens to Shrien, to the driver, or to whoever killed her -- I will never get my sister back," she said.

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09:21 March 16, 2011 by The Nine
This overdose was about 3 weeks ago. Smells suscpiciously of someone trying to shift the onus and appear to be the victim. if this guy has nothing to hide, his actions since the death of his new wife have done nothing except create doubt about his innocence. At the end of the day he's on CCTV at their hotel, handing the convicted taxi driver an envelope in the foyer.

He looks to be as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poop. Surely the guy should be working to explain this ?
09:46 March 16, 2011 by HeilNizar
Hehe, who is that? Ali Baba? Sindbad?
10:26 March 16, 2011 by jack sprat
Well it certainly seems he has something on his conscience,

It could be his failure to help her when she was attacked or it could be his involvement in her death, so either way I have little sympathy for his present dilemma.

Personally I would agree with The Nine and go for the latter.
10:29 March 16, 2011 by Rick Methven
Mind you the chief of Police is a bit dodgy and the plea bargain offered to the taxi driver is also a bit iffy
12:52 March 16, 2011 by Syftfel
I went on record in this very forum several months ago, and speculated that he is as guilty of murder as one can possibly get. Now he is trying to do himself in. What does that tellus? Yes, he is clearly mentally deranged, as the above story seems to indicate, but he is also more than likely guilty of first degree murder, and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, or fortunately, profiling does work in many cases, and law enforcement should avail itself more this useful tool. It is a fact that according to some cultures killings one's wife is perfectly acceptable, and normal, in certain circumstances. Her family is naive if they think otherwise. Our focus should be how we can prevent such stone age antics to be introduced in European society, nothwithstanding the fact that aggressive forces are trying to introduce them as perfectly normal.
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