'Dewani murder was not prearranged'

The state witness in the Anni Dewani trial says he was surprised when he heard the gunshot that killed her.

Alleged gunman in the Anni Dewani murder, Xolile Mngeni, chats with his lawyers on 30 august 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mziwamadoda Qwabe on Thursday told the Western Cape High Court he never checked to see whether British tourist Anni Dewani was dead after she had been shot.

He is the key witness in alleged gunman Xolile Mngeni's trial.

Qwabe, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his role in the crime, said he was surprised when he heard the gunshot that killed the bride.

According to the witness, he was driving the minibus taxi and Mngeni was sitting with Anni and Shrien Dewani.

He said he drove about 150 metres after he heard the gunshot from the back of the minibus.

Qwabe told the court he only caught a glimpse of Dewani's body on the back seat before fleeing the scene with the bullet casing.

He said they had not discussed how Anni would be murdered.

In court on Thursday, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha stepped out of the courtroom when Qwabe began detailing his actions.

Hindocha cried as he walked away.

Earlier in the trial, Mngeni pleaded not guilty to all the charges relating to the November 2010 murder.

Mngeni claims he lost full use of his hand several years ago.

Alleged mastermind Shrien Dewani denies any involvement in the murder and is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress.