Court views video in Dewani trial

Alleged hitman Xolile Mngeni's statement to police was the focus of Tuesday's proceedings.

Xolile Mngeni (L) and Mziwamadoda Qwabe (R), accused in the murder of honeymooner Anni Dewani, appear in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Friday, 10 February 2012. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Alleged hitman Xolile Mngeni's statement to police was the focus of proceedings in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

He is accused of murdering British tourist Anni Dewani during a staged hijacking in Cape Town back in November 2010.

On Tuesday, Mngeni's lawyers disputed an earlier statement his client made to police and told the court that Mngeni was told what to say after he was assaulted by police.

The comments were made during a trial within a trial.

In a video shown to the court, Mngeni details his side of events to a police captain on the night of the murder.

Mngeni states he and a man called Mawewe, believed to be Mziwamadoda Qwabe, were dropped off near a restaurant in Gugulethu.

After walking up a street, Mngeni said Mawewe pulled out a firearm before pointing it at an oncoming vehicle.

Mngeni said he and Mawewe got inside the car and saw a white woman and a man.

He said the pair was then threatened with a gun and they pleaded for their lives.

The white man and a driver were then dropped off.

He said Mawewe later stopped the vehicle before firing a single bullet at the lady.

Qwabe is currently serving a 25-year jail sentence for his role in the crime.

Meanwhile, alleged mastermind Shrien Dewani's extradition hearing is expected to kickoff later in September at a London court.

Dewani has denied any involvement in his wife's murder.