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Defence calls last witness in Dewani trial

The sentencing of Anni Dewani’s murderer depends on a last minute witness called in by the defence.

Xolile Mngeni consults with his lawyer on 19 November 2012 in the Western Cape High Court right after hearing that he had been found guilty of the murder of Anni Dewani. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anni Dewani's murderer Xolile Mngeni may be sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old man was found guilty this week of firing the shot that killed the British honeymooner, during a staged hijacking in Khayelitsha in 2010.

Two other Cape Town men are serving jail time for pleading guilty to their roles in the crime.

While Xolile Mngeni, who is suffering from brain cancer, may still be digesting the news of the guilty verdict, his lawyer has been preparing to argue in mitigation of sentence.

On Tuesday Judge Robert Henney adjourned the trial after delivering a four hour long ruling.

"This matter is postponed to 21 November for evidence on sentence."

Mngeni's attorney Matthews Dayimani said they intend calling up one last witness to boost their argument.

"The witness we are trying to bring may shed some light on the sentence option."

There is a good chance the convicted murderer may be sentenced on Wednesday, as the court will soon be going into recess.