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No word on how Mngeni’s death will impact Dewani’s trial

Anni Dewani’s convicted killer, Xolile Mngeni, who was suffering from a brain tumor, died in prison yesterday.

Shrien Dewani in the dock at Cape Town High Court at the start of the trial 14/10/06. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Questions are being asked about how the death of one of Anni Hindocha Dewani's killers, Xolile Mngeni, will affect the state's case against her husband, British businessman, Shrien Dewani.

Dewani is on trial in the Western Cape High Court.

Mngeni died in the medical section of the Goodwood Prison yesterday.

He was convicted of shooting Anni in an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town in 2010.

Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on her life during their honeymoon in the Mother City.

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

Video: Dewani's sexuality in focus.

The prosecution hasn't released the names of witnesses it intends calling to testify against the Briton, but it's unlikely that Mngeni was on it, given his serious medical condition.

Mngeni's accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe was called to testify against the Dewani at the beginning of the trial.

The third man convicted for his role in the killing, Zola Tongo is also expected testify.

Both Tongo and Qwabe entered into a plea bargain with the state.

Mngeni who was convicted of being the trigger man was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2011 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Correctional services had said Mngeni was in a critical condition in June but his application for medical parole was denied in July.

Officials argued his application wasn't successful because there were no appropriate arrangements for his supervision, care and treatment in the community into which he would be released.

Proceedings will continue on Monday.

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

On Monday you can also follow EWN's Dewani trial live blog for rolling updates.