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Pathologist testifies in Dewani case

Doctor Janette Verster said there was no evidence to suggest Anni Dewani was sexually assaulted.

he gun that was allegedly to kill Anni Dewani is shown to the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A pathologist on Wednesday told the Western Cape High Court how British newlywed Anni Dewani was killed.

Doctor Janette Verster earlier took the stand in the murder trial.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of firing the shot that killed the 28-year-old in an apparent staged hijacking in Cape Town back in November 2010.

Verster told the court that Dewani died after she was hit by a single bullet.

She demonstrated how the bullet went through Dewani's left hand before grazing through her shoulder and penetrating her neck.

The pathologist said Dewani had taken a defensive stance and had the gun's muzzle placed very close to her skin before it was fired.

She also said there was no evidence to suggest the victim was sexually assaulted before the murder.

The state has called another witness, who may not be identified, but Mngeni's lawyer has objected claiming the person was initially their witness.

On Tuesday, Mngeni wrote a submission stating that the victim was indeed Anni Dewani.

However, he has denied all the charges against him.

Mngeni is currently suffering from brain tumour.

His alleged accomplices, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo, are currently serving lengthy jail sentences for their involvement in the murder.

The alleged mastermind, Shrien Dewani, is in London fighting his extradition to South African.

He is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress and has denied any involvement in his wife's murder.