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Dewani trial: Shrien emotional, distracted after Anni’s murder

Shrien Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani in Cape Town.

Shrien Dewani in the dock at Cape Town High Court at the start of the trial 14 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday heard British businessman Shrien Dewani was emotional, distracted and crying at times when approached by police after he and his wife were hijacked.

Despite this, he was still able to make a statement.

Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani while on honeymoon in Cape Town during November 2010.

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

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

Warrant Officer George Stefanus took a witness statement from Dewani shortly after he and his wife were hijacked.

This was the accused's first formal account of the events that took place that night.

But during cross examination, Dewani's lawyer faulted Stefanus on procedure and the manner in which he took the statement.

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.

The Honeymoon Murder trial takes its toll on Anni Hindocha Dewani's uncle, Ashok, pictured here during a break on day 4 of the court proceedings. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

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

During the trial, the state was denied permission to admit email exchanges between Dewani and an unnamed man as evidence in the murder trial.

Judge Janet Traverso questioned the relevance before ruling the evidence inadmissible.

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.

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.

Anni Dewani's father Vinod Hindocha wipes away the tears as the family delivered a final media statement ahead of the start of Shrien Dewani's trial on 5 October 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

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.

You can also follow EWN's Dewani trial live blog for rolling updates.