Dewani trial: British reporter takes the stand

Shrien Dewani is on trial for the 2010 murder of his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani.

Shrien Dewani leaves court in a silver Ford Focus after another day in court.

CAPE TOWN - British journalist Nick Parker has been called to testify in the honeymoon murder trial, which got underway for a third week in the Western Cape High Court this morning.

British businessman Shrien Dewani is alleged to be the mastermind behind his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder, in an apparent staged hijacking in November 2010.

It's believed the businessman hired three men to commit the crime.

The Sun newspaper's Nick Parker had interviewed Dewani at his publicist's, Max Clifford's office.

Parker has told the court Dewani appeared distressed as the interview proceeded.

He's also testified he attempted to ask Dewani about his sexuality but he requested the recorder be turned off.

Parker says the British businessman told him Anni wanted to see the African nightlife because she wanted to do an African dance at a baby shower, adding that Dewani never mentioned anything about a surprise helicopter ride.

A transcript of the interview, conducted nearly four years ago, has been handed to the court.


The trial resumes just days after the death of trigger man Xolile Mngeni.

Mngeni, who was serving 15-year sentence for robbery with aggravating circumstances, passed away in prison at the weekend following a long battle with a brain tumour.

Dewani who has maintained his innocence, is back in the dock in Courtroom two, where journalists and those in the public gallery have also taken their seats.

Both the Dewani and Hindocha families are attending today's proceedings.

It's also yet to be determined whether Mngeni's the death will have any impact on the trial.

Meanwhile, the Correctional Services Department has explained why plans to place Mngeni in hospice care never materialised.

His bid for medical parole was denied earlier this year.

The department's Delekile Klaas says plans to place Mngeni in a hospice were unsuccessful.

"We were now talking to hospices around Cape Town to find a suitable place and that's where we were struggling because some of the hospices were only prepared to take him for two weeks, so that's why there was a delay in finalising the issue of his release."

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

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