Dewani accused 'tends to forget'

Prosecutors questioned alleged hitman Xolile Mngeni following discrepancies in his testimony.

Anni Dewani murder accused Xolile Mngeni in the dock in the Western Cape High Court on 20 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - British tourist Anni Dewani's alleged killer on Wednesday told the Western Cape High Court he is struggling to remember details about his movements on the weekend of the murder.

Xolile Mngeni, who is suffering from a brain tumour, took the stand for the third day in a row.

He allegedly pulled the trigger that killed Dewani during an apparent staged hijacking in Khayelitsha back in November 2010.

Over the past two days, Mngeni admitted to making some mistakes during his testimony.

On Tuesday, he told the court he spent the night of the murder at the home of his girlfriend's friend and went to bed at 8pm.

But after further questioning from prosecutors on Wednesday, Mngeni said he had drinks with his girlfriend and two others before falling asleep at 10pm.

Mngeni told the court that he "tends to forget things".

More questions were raised when the alleged hitman told the court that the borrowed cellphone he was using was lost about a month or more before the crime.

Anni's husband and alleged mastermind of the murder, Shrien Dewani, is fighting his extradition to South Africa in a London court.