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Dewani trial: Witness describes moments after Anni's murder

Policeman George Stefanus was on duty on 13 November, the night Anni was killed.

Anni Hindocha Dewani

CAPE TOWN - A policeman testifying in the so-called honeymoon murder trial on Tuesday described to the Western Cape High Court the demeanour of Shrien Dewani shortly after the alleged staged hijacking took place.

Dewani is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder of his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, in November 2010 while the two were on their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Three South African men are currently serving jail time for their role in her murder.

Dewani has, however, maintained he is innocent and has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including one of murder.

George Stefanus, who took a statement from the accused a day after the incident, is the state's fifth witness to take the stand.

Stefanus was on duty on 13 November, the night Anni was killed.

The police officer told the court he was informed by a man about what had happened to the couple and that they'd been staying at the Cape Grace Hotel.

Stefanus then testified that upon meeting Dewani at the hotel, he appeared emotional.

He says Dewani cried at times and told him 'I hope they didn't kill Anni' and 'I hope Anni is okay,' while his statement was being taken.

Stefanus says Dewani also told him his wife insisted she wanted to see nightlife in the township.

During the trial, a sexually explicit email exchange between Dewani and an unnamed man was ruled inadmissible as evidence in his murder trial.

In the series of email exchanges from 2009, Dewani spoke about being conflicted about getting married.

His sexuality has been a focus of attention from the start of the trial as the state tries to prove he had a motive to kill his spouse.

There was a dispute in court on whether evidence pertaining to emails sent between the British businessman and a third party should be allowed in court.

The prosecutor tried to convince Judge Jeanette Traverso that the emails are relevant as Dewani made certain disclosures in them.

But the judge interjected and disagreed with the state.

Traverso asked why Dewani's sexuality was relevant to the court.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp argued that Dewani's sexuality could not be avoided by the State.

It's expected the prosecution would use Dewani's sexual orientation, preferences and history to bolster its case to prove motive.

Court proceedings were halted when the court received word junior council Shareen Riley was sick with chicken pox.

Proceedings have adjourned until Monday.

To read Dewani's full plea explanation, click here.

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