Dewani's defence takes shape

Shrien Dewni’s lawyer accused Mziwamadoda Qwabe of pulling the trigger that killed Anni Hindocha Dewani.

FILE: Shrien Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani's defence strategy started to take shape at the Western Cape High Court on Monday with his lawyer suggesting the wrong man was convicted for shooting his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, during an alleged kidnapping gone wrong.

Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town during November 2010.

Three men have been convicted and sentenced for their role in the apparent staged hijacking.

One of them was sentenced to life in prison for being the triggerman, the other two struck plea bargains with the state.

Criminal turned state witness, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, says the triggerman was his accomplice Xolile Mngeni.

Dewani's defence team however, begs to differ.

His Lawyer Francois Van Zyl accused Qwabe of pulling the trigger.

He based his claim on post mortem evidence and the fact that gunshot residue was found on Qwabe's yellow kitchen glove which was worn on the night of the hijacking.

During cross-examination, van Zyl put it to the witness that the hijackers wanted to hold the woman hostage in exchange for a ransom.

He says it explains why Dewani was forced out of the hijacked car.

But Qwabe has dismissed these claims.

In the dock, the Briton wiped away tears and his lips twitched and quivered at one point during Qwabe's testimony.

The businessman maintains he is innocent and has pleaded not guilty to all five charges against him, including murder.

Earlier, a former digital product manager for Gaydar gave the court some insight into Dewani's activity on the dating website.

Simon Johnson is the third witness to be called by the state.

Johnson told the court that the accused described himself as a single gay man on Gaydar who wanted to be dominated.

The digital product manager testified Dewani joined the website in 2004 under the name AsianSubGuy.

He says the accused last logged in on the profile in November 2010.

This was just days after his wife Anni was killed.

Gaydar is targeted at gay and bisexual men and offers a platform for men to meet.

Johnson says the chat rooms are usually sexually charged.

Dewani, who listened to Johnson's testimony from the dock, was seen passing a note to his legal team.

Details about his internet browser history are contained in a 32-page document that was handed over to court last week.

The state could argue that his actions were not consistent with that of a grieving husband.

The following day, Dewani was questioned by members of his wife's family about what happened on the night she had been killed.

Part of that conversation was recorded by Anni's cousin and forms part of evidence in the case against him.

The witness list has not been released to the public.

Read Dewani's full plea explanation.

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