Dewani needs more time, court hears

A psychiatrist says Shrien Dewani’s extradition should be delayed to allow him more time to recover.

Shrien Dewani. Picture:Dewani Allegations Facebook Page

LONDON - Murder accused Shrien Dewani's legal team on Wednesday suggested a further six-month delay before a final decision on his extradition is taken.

The 32-year-old is accused of masterminding the murder of his bride Anni while on honeymoon in Cape Town back in November 2010.

Anni was killed in an alleged staged hijacking in Khayelitsha.

Experts say the British businessman's mental health is improving.

The first witness finished giving evidence in the Westminster Magistrate's Court in London on Wednesday afternoon.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Ian Cumming told the court Dewani's health is improving, but it would be sensible to delay his extradition until the end of 2013.

Dewani denies any involvement in his wife's killing.

He has been assured his treatment will continue if extradited to South Africa to face trial.

Dewani is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

If extradited he will be held at Valkenberg Hospital in the Western Cape, South African authorities confirmed.

Three men are already serving lengthy jail sentences for their roles in the murder.

Xolile Mngeni is serving a life sentence for firing the gun that killed Anni.

In 2012, he had surgery to remove a brain tumour.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe was jailed for 25 years, while taxi driver Zola Tongo was sentenced to 18 years in prison.