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Dewani 'hitman's' friend tipped off police

A friend of the alleged hitman in the Anni Dewani murder trial called the police to report him.

The gun that was allegedly to kill Anni Dewani is shown to the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

The 28-year-old bride was shot and killed while on honeymoon with her husband Shrien Dewani in Cape Town in 2010. Dewani has been accused of masterminding her murder. However, he has denied any involvement in the crime.

The ninth witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told the court that after meeting Mngeni he phoned the police as he believed he had something to do with the murder.

He also testified that Mngeni had shown him a digital camera, containing some of the Dewanis' wedding pictures, which he said he deleted.

In his statement to police, the witness said he also saw Mngeni with a firearm the day before the murder.

The witness also claimed his friend later showed him cell phones, watches and jewellery that he now believes belonged to the Dewanis.

Mngeni is the alleged hitman in the case but he has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who has admitted to being involved in the plot to kill Dewani and is serving a 25-year jail term, has implicated both Mngeni and Shrien Dewani.

Shrien is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress and is receiving treatment at a special facility in England. He is currently fighting his extradition to South Africa to stand trial here.

On Monday, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha took to the witness stand and confirmed details of his daughter's marriage and her death.

Hindocha said he travelled to South Africa immediately after being informed about her daughter's murder.

He identified her body at a morgue near Cape Town International Airport.

Earlier, a state witness testified that Mngeni tried to sell her a stolen Blackberry cell phone.

It was later revealed the phone was Anni's.