Dewani 'hitman' was not assaulted - police

A Hawks official that arrested the alleged Anni Dewani hitman denies assault claims.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Monday heard more details about the alleged assault of Anni Dewani's alleged killer.

Xolile Mngeni's lawyer disputed his client's 2010 statement to police.

He claims Mngeni was told what to say before being intimidated and assaulted by officers.

Senior Hawks official Bonginkosi Kwinana was cross-examined by Mngeni's lawyer.

Kwinana arrested the alleged gunman in 2010. He testified that Mngeni was very co-operative with police.

But Mngeni's lawyer claims his client was assaulted and tortured by officers in the basement of the Hawks' Bellville offices.

He said Mngeni's testicles were slammed into a desk drawer before officers forced an evidence bag over his head, apparently threatening to suffocate him.

Mngeni was also reportedly assaulted while in the back of a police bakkie on the way to Khayelitsha.

But Kwinana rubbished the claims, saying Mngeni was with him the entire time.

He told Mngeni's lawyer he was being misled by his client.

Mngeni is the one that allegedly fired the shot that killed the British bride.

However, he has denied all the charges against him.

Two of his co-accused are serving lengthy sentences for their part in the crime.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe is serving 25 years after cutting a deal with the state.

He testified the crime was a staged hijacking. He told the court that Mngeni is the one that had a gun and shot Dewani in Khayelitsha.

In his statement, he implicated Shrien Dewani.

He claims they were paid R15,000 for the crime.

Meanwhile, Dewani has denied any involvement in the crime.

He is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress in London.