Dewani killer insists he is innocent

Although convicted for killing Anni Dewani, Xolile Mngeni still maintains his innocence.

Xolile Mngeni in court during his sentencing proceedings on 26 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney said on Monday Anni Dewani's killer should have entered into a plea deal with the state, given his medical condition.

Xolile Mngeni will be sentenced on Wednesday next week.

He has been found guilty of firing the shot that killed the British honeymooner in Khayelitsha in 2010.

A doctor testified on Monday that while Mngeni's rare brain tumour is no longer visible, it may return and prove fatal.

However, The National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Eric Ntabazalila explained that prosecutors want him to serve life.

"Considering that even when he was asked by the judge, he never showed any remorse. Even though he has been found guilty and there's a mountain of evidence against him, he still believes he is not guilty."

The Judge said Mngeni may have been stupid and Ntabazalila explained this by saying "The judge went as far as to tell him he was ignorant, stubborn and stupid because he should have turned state witness considering his situation. We feel he committed those crimes out of greed and not because he was desperate for money."

Mngeni's lawyer Matthews Dayimani said his client maintains his innocence.

"I don't think he's very stressed, we don't know what's going to come. He's coping well. We'll just have to wait and see."

Meanwhile, the father of the slain British tourist said his family has been under immense psychological strain since her murder.

Vinod Hindocha penned his thoughts in a letter, which was submitted as evidence in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

A mournful Hindocha wrote that since receiving the phone informing him of his daughter's death, his family has been 'completely upside down."

He said he's been unable to work since.

A sad and angry Hindocha also stated that the health of Anni's mother, who is suffering from cancer, has been deteriorating.

He described Anni as a remarkable person with a heart of gold, whose favourite pastime was shopping.

Hindocha ended off by saying he is no longer a cheerful father.

He added all they want is answers and justice for Anni.

He made no mention of Anni's husband Shrien, who is believed to be the mastermind behind her murder.