Alleged gunman not funded by Dewani, says lawyer

Xolile Mngeni, the man alleged to have shot Anni Dewani, speaks with his lawyers on 30 august 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Xolile Mngeni, the man who allegedly shot and killed Anni Dewani, has no links with her husband Shrien Dewani, his defence lawyer said on Monday.

Attorney Qalisile Dayimani said he was representing Mngeni pro bono.

Mngeni is on trial for the murder of the 28-year-old newly-wed in Cape Town in November 2010.

Dayimani said he was receiving financial assistance from a lawyer in Kenya.

“It’s a legal consultant working on his own. There are other advocates that are practising that have joined him. It’s a group of interest groups that have approached me.”

The issue was raised when Dayimani questioned Anni Dewani's father, asking if Vinod Hindocha approved of his daughters marriage with Shrien Dewani.

State prosecutors have questioned Dayimani's intentions and his approach to the case.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila said: “Where is Mr Dayimani getting his instructions from if him and his guide are not talking or reading from the same page?”

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News on Friday Hindocha said he believed Shrien's family was also mourning the death of his daughter.

Hindocha also said he would be attending Shrien’s extradition hearing, mentioning that he did not know whether he would be back in Cape Town to see the end of the trial into his daughter's murder.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)