'Dewani accused wasn't tortured'

The policeman who interrogated Xolile Mngeni says the accused was not tortured.

The alleged gunman in the Anni Dewani trial appears in the Western Cape High Court on 30 August 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The investigating officer in the Anni Dewani murder case on Thursday told the Western Cape High Court that alleged killer Xolile Mngeni was not tortured while in custody.

Mngeni is accused of pulling the trigger that killed the young bride back in November 2010.

He maintains his innocence.

Earlier in the trial, Mngeni's lawyer disputed a confession given to police shortly after the incident, claiming his client was intimidated and told what to say by officers.

A sharply-dressed Captain Paul Hendrickse stood in the witness box and denied allegations the allegations.

Mngeni complained to Bellville officers that he had been urinating blood while in custody, but evidence found this was not the case.

Hendrickse said despite the lack of evidence, he arranged for Mngeni to be seen by a doctor.

But the suspected gunman's lawyer claimed this never happened.

Hendrickse's testimony echoes much of what has already been said in court.

He was the last State witness called to testify in the trial-within-a-trial, to determine the admissibility of Mngeni's 2010 confession.

On Wednesday, the court watched a video of Mngeni pointing out the crime scene to police.

The video showed Mngeni and a policemen standing on a Gugulethu street on a clear summer day.

The video seems to suggest that Mngeni was aware of his rights and there was no visual indication that he was intimidated.

His co-accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo, are currently serving lengthy jail terms for their involvement in the hit.

The duo implicated Mngeni and Shrien Dewani in the crime.

Qwabe testified they were paid R15,000 to kill the 28-year-old British tourist.

Alleged mastermind Shrien Dewani denies any involvement in his wife's murder.