Dewani 'hitman' lays complaint against police

Anni Dewani’s alleged hitman says his testicles were slammed into a desk drawer while in custody.

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

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of killing British honeymooner Anni Dewani on Wednesday claimed his testicles were slammed into a desk drawer while he was in police custody.

In a trial within a trial, Xolile Mngeni's lawyers disputed his 2010 statement given to police.

They claim Mngeni was assaulted and told what to say, without being given a chance to request a lawyer.

In the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, defence lawyers grilled police captain Adolf Jonker, who took Mngeni's statement shortly after the November 2010 arrest.

His legal team first claimed Mngeni made a statement to police before giving one to Jonker.

The judge quickly interrupted by asking several questions, leaving his lawyers looking unsure.

His legal representatives then turned to Mngeni to get clarity on the issue, before saying their client only made one statement.

Mngeni claims he suffered a blackout while in holding cells at the Bellville police station.

According to lawyers, a complaint was levelled against the police.

Mngeni has denied firing the shot that killed the British bride and claims his co-accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, is the person who committed the murder.

Qwabe is serving 25-years for his part in the murder after cutting a deal with the state.

He implicated Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, and claims the murder was staged to look like a hijacking.

Qwabe told the court they were paid R15,000 to commit the crime.

Dewani maintains his innocence and is fighting off attempts to have him extradited to South Africa to face trial.

His extradition hearing is expected to resume in London later in September.