Mngeni a 'merciless and evil person'

A judge says Anni Dewani’s killer showed no response throughout the trial.

A judge says Anni Dewani’s killer showed no response throughout the trial.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney on Wednesday said Anni Dewani's killer, Xolile Mngeni, conveyed himself as a merciless and evil person.

The gunman was sentenced to life behind bars earlier in the day.

The 25-year-old was found guilty of the premeditated murder of the young British honeymooner earlier in the case.

Mngeni was the hitman in the staged hijacking which took place in November 2010.

Two other men are also serving lengthy jail terms for pleading guilty to their roles in the murder.

In court on Wednesday, Henney said Mngeni deserved nothing other than life behind bars.

"The following sentences are imposed upon you sir. On count two for the murder of Anni Dewani, you are sentenced to life imprisonment. On count three, robbery with aggravating circumstances, you are sentenced to 15 years in prison."

The judge also said while Mngeni had relied heavily on his rights in the trial, he displayed a disregard for Anni's.

"The accused in this court came across as a merciless and evil person, who has consistently shown no remorse."

Defence lawyers tried to argue that Mngeni deserved a lesser sentence due to his health.

He was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2011, but has since disappeared.

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

Meanwhile, Anni's family welcomed the outcome.

Her family attended the sentencing.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is trying to have Anni's husband extradited from London.

Shrien Dewani is the alleged mastermind of the crime, but he denies this.

The NPA also welcomed the life sentence handed down to Mngeni.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila said they were happy with the sentence.

"We asked for a life sentence and we received it. We believe he lacked remorse and showed arrogance. We're very happy with the outcome."