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More witnesses testify in Dewani trial

A school teacher testified that Mngeni approached her wanting to sell Anni Dewani’s cellphone.

Anni Dewani’s cell phone presented as evidence at the Western Cape High Court on 3 September 2012. Picture Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Two more witnesses on Monday testified in the trial of the man accused of shooting newlywed Anni Dewani.

Xolile Mngeni is charged with murdering the 28-year-old in Cape Town back in November 2010.

Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, is the alleged mastermind of the murder and robbery plot.

On Monday, two witnesses testified how they ended up having Anni's cellphone and jewellery in their possession.

A 44-year-old school teacher said Mngeni approached her on 14 November 2010, with a Blackberry cellphone he wanted to sell.

She said he returned to her home that evening, saying he wanted R500 for the device.

Mngeni agreed to return to her house the next day for payment.

She said four days later, he arrived in the custody of police, who confiscated the phone and informed her of the alleged crimes.

It is understood the Blackberry belonged to Dewani.

Another witness later told the court how she found Dewani's bracelet and jewellery hidden in her nephew's room.

He was Mngeni's close friend.

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

Meanwhile, the alleged mastermind is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress in London.

Dewani has denied any involvement in the crime.

Last week, reports emerged questioning his medical reports.

The British Prosecuting Authority will investigate a business partnership entered into by psychiatrists on opposite sides in Dewani's extradition hearing.