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Anni Dewani's father testifies

Anni Dewani’s father, Vinod Hindocha, took to the stand in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Anni Dewani's father Vinod Hindocha is seen with a relative outside the Western Cape High Court on Monday, 27 August 2012 at the trial of Dewani's alleged killer. Picture: Sapa.
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CAPE TOWN - The father of slain British bride and tourist Anni Dewani on Monday testified in the trial of her alleged killer.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of shooting Dewani and helping to plan the November 2010 murder.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Vinod Hindocha took the stand in the Western Cape High Court earlier on Monday.

He struggled to look at either of the attorneys while testifying.

Hindocha was asked to confirm the details of his 28-year-old daughter's marriage and death.

He told the court he travelled to South Africa immediately after being informed about the murder, and helped identify her body at a morgue near Cape Town International Airport.

At the end of proceedings, Hindocha once again reiterated his plea to Shrien Dewani.

“I beg of Shrien to come here and give us answers.”

Hindocha will travel to the UK later in September as he believes there will be a final outcome in Dewani's extradition hearing, which has been delayed several times.

Dewani has denied any involvement in the crime and is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Earlier, a state witness testified that the alleged hitman tried to sell her a stolen Blackberry cellphone.

It was later revealed the phone belonged to Anni.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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