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Dewani pre-trial: Phone records issue resolved

Dewani’s legal team requested phone records between Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo.

A woman holds a sign bearing the portrait of Anni Dewani as members of the ruling African National Congress Women's League protest against the abuse of women, outside the Cape Town High Court, where British murder accused, Shrien Dewani (unseen), is standing trial on 8 April, 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Murder accused Shrien Dewani's legal team has requested phone records relating to two men already convicted and sentenced for his wife Anni's murder be made available to the state and defence teams.

The British businessman appeared in the Western Cape High court this morning for a pre-trial hearing.

In a surprise move, Zola Tongo's former lawyer William da Grass was called to the witness stand, this after Dewani's lawyer Francois van Zyl told the court there are outstanding documents relating to phone records involving Tongo and his other co-accused, who has also been convicted in this matter, Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

The court was then requested to issue an order in this regard so they can get their hands on these records.

But da Grass has explained there's fundamental misunderstanding about his role.

"I have no interest in this matter anymore," he said.

Judge Robert Henney then raised the point Tongo should be given an opportunity to testify on this particular issue.

The prosecution's Adrian Mopp then continued that he is the state witness in any case and then will be able to deal with this matter.

There was a light moment when Henney assured da Grass that he wouldn't have to foot the bill to get hold of the phone records, the defence will help.

To which van van Zyl remarked, 'within reason of course' which was met with laughter.

He is accused of arranging the murder of his wife in Cape Town four years ago, while they were on their honeymoon.

Journalists and photographers gathered outside the court house ahead of Dewani's appearance today.

As with previous appearances, the gaze of the media was firmly on the High Court.

Television crews were outside the court from the early hours of this morning, preparing for what may have been Dewani's last appearance before his trial is scheduled to begin on 6 October.

Photographers had their cameras trained on a back entrance at the court house, awaiting his arrival.

The Brit has been declared fit to stand trial, following a mental health evaluation.

His trial could run for up to two months.