Dewani's killer gets life sentence

The man convicted of killing Anni Dewani has been sentenced to life in prison.

The man convicted of killing Anni Dewani has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

CAPE TOWN - Anni Dewani's killer Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life behind bars by the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

He was found guilty of the premeditated murder of the young British bride who was shot dead in a faked hijacking in Khayelitsha, in 2010.

Mngeni will now join his two imprisoned accomplices, both serving lengthy sentences after signing plea deals with the State.

An expressionless Xolile Mngeni sat in the dock with his arms folded.

Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha, who on occasion stared at Mngeni from over his shoulder, cried quietly at times when judgment was read out.

Judge Robert Henney told the packed court that Mngeni has come across as a merciless and evil person.

He took Mngeni's volatile medical condition into account, but added he has no doubt the unremorseful gunman should be jailed.

Mngeni was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2011, which has since disappeared.

However, doctors said the tumour could reappear and be deadly.

Henney also said that while he had pity for Mngeni, he could not give him a sentence other than life behind bars.

Mngeni has maintained his innocent throughout the trial.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is trying to have Shrien Dewani extradited from London.

He is implicated as being the alleged mastermind of the crime which he has denied any involvement in.

Dewani is undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress and doctors said his condition has improved.