Dewani hitman 'assaulted' by police

Xolile Mngeni’s lawyer claims his client was forced to make a statement under duress.

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

CAPE TOWN - Defence lawyers representing the man accused of killing British bride Anni Dewani on Monday disputed his statement to police.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of pulling the trigger that killed the 28-year-old in Cape Town back in November 2010.

A trial within a trial has been called as the state's 11th witness, a police captain, takes the stand.

Adolf Johannes Jonker took Mngeni's statement shortly after he was arrested in connection with the murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Eric Ntabazalila said, "The defence disputes the statement. The say he [Mngeni] made the statement under duress. The accused alleges he was told what to say."

Mngeni has denied all charges against him.

Meanwhile, Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe are serving lengthy sentences for their part in the crime.

The duo implicated Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, in the crime.

He is allegedly the mastermind behind the crime, but he denies any involvement.