Dewani killer has 'very rare brain tumour'

Convicted murderer Xolile Mngeni has a 'very rare brain tumour' according to a doctor who testified.

Convicted murderer Xolile Mngeni has a very rare brain tumour but has shown no remorse for his crime.

CAPE TOWN - It emerged on Monday that Anni Dewani's killer, Xolile Mngeni, has a very rare brain tumour that may prove fatal in the long term.

That is according to Dr Jeannette Parks, who testified in the Western Cape High Court earlier.

Mngeni's lawyer called her up as part of his argument in mitigation of sentence.

Last week, the gunman was found guilty of killing the British honeymooner during a fake hijacking in Khayelitsha in 2010.

Mngeni glared at Parks as she stepped into the witness box.

She said Mngeni was diagnosed with a very rare brain tumour in 2011 and the disease has spread to parts of his brain and spinal cord.

Parks said Mngeni received treatment before undergoing an operation, when it was later discovered the tumour was no longer visible, but she warned there is a good chance the disease may flare up again, and if it does, it is likely to be fatal.

Judge Robert Henney stated he had some difficulty in deciding Mngeni's fate.

He added unlike his two accomplices, Mngeni had shown no remorse.

Meziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo are currently serving lengthy sentences for their part in the crime.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is fighting to have the deceased's husband extradited to South Africa.

Shrien Dewani allegedly masterminded his wife's murder during their honeymoon.

Dewani has denied any involvement but he refuses to return to the country as he argues he will not have a fair trial.

He is currently hospitalised as he is reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.