Alleged Dewani hitman was with his girlfriend
Xolile Mngeni says he was with his better half at the time the British newlywed was shot and killed.
CAPE TOWN - Anni Dewani's alleged gunman on Monday testified that he was spending time with his girlfriend on the day of the 2010 murder.
Xolile Mngeni has denied any involvement in killing the British bride, during an apparent staged hijacking.
He has also given further details about his alleged assault by police while in custody.
However, the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila said Mngeni has contradicted himself in parts of his testimony.
“There were contradictions as to how Mngeni met Mziwamadoda Qwabe; Mngeni’s lawyer Matthews Dayimani told the court the accused was coming out of a saloon, but Mngeni disputed all of that by saying that he was coming from a shop [when he had met Qwabe.]”
The alleged gunman disputed most aspects of the testimony given by co-accused Mziwamadoda Qwabe and told the court that Qwabe was not his friend.
He said on the days leading up to and after the murder, Qwabe only asked him to sell him one of his cellphones.
Qwabe, who is serving a 25-year jail term for his part in the crime, has implicated Mngeni and Anni’s husband Shrien Dewani.
Ntabazalila said Mngeni has also inadvertently admitted to selling drugs.
“He would sell drugs to some of his friends. It has been a very confusing testimony, jumping from one year to another.”
The accused also revealed he sustained a gun shout wound to his left arm in 2008, before being stabbed in his hand a year later.
Previously Dayimani argued it was impossible for Mngeni to have fired a gun without the full use of his hand, as he was hospitalised for a lengthy period before the 2010 murder.
The 25-year-old will be grilled by prosecutors on Tuesday.
These details will form part of a crucial argument by Mngeni's lawyer later.
Meanwhile, alleged mastermind Shrien Dewani is fighting against his extradition to South Africa in a London Court.
South African authorities want him to stand trial in this country.
Dewani is currently being treated at a mental facility.