Dewani gunman 'digesting' guilty verdict

Xolile Mngeni consults with his lawyer on 19 November 2012 in the Western Cape High Court right after hearing that he had been found guilty of the murder of Anni Dewani. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
Xolile Mngeni became the third man to be convicted for the 2010 murder of honeymoon bride Anni Dewani in Cape Town, when he was found guilty on 19 November 2012.

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer representing Anni Dewani's gunman, Xolile Mngeni, on Monday his client was still absorbing the news.

Earlier, the Western Cape High Court found Mngeni guilty of killing the British bride during a staged hijacking in Khayelitsha back in 2010.

Two men, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo are currently serving lengthy sentences for their part in the murder.

The two implicated Anni’s husband, Shrien, as the alleged mastermind behind the crime.

He denies this but refuses to return to Cape Town to face the charges as he believes he will not have a fair trial.

A weary looking Mngeni braced himself for Judge Robert Henney's ruling.

“I find the accused guilty on the following charges: robbery with aggravating circumstances of Anni Dewani as set out in the indictment. Premeditated murder of Anni Dewani as set out in the indictment.”

Mngeni was also found guilty of the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, but was acquitted of kidnapping.

His lawyer, Matthews Dayimani, told Eyewitness News the news has not sunk in yet.

“We’re busy digesting the judgment.”

Sentencing proceedings will take place on Wednesday.

At the same time, Anni’s uncle has welcomed the sentencing.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)