Dewani trial: Second police officer testifies

Sergeant Cornelius Mellet was on duty when Anni Hindocha Dewani was killed.

Shrien Dewani. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A second police officer has testified British businessman Shrien Dewani said his wife wanted to see the township nightlife before they were hijacked.

Dewani is on trial in the Western Cape High Court for allegedly ordering a hit on his wife Anni Hindocha Dewani during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Sergeant Cornelius Mellet was on duty at Harare Police Station on 13 November 2010, the date Anni was shot during an alleged staged hijacking.

Mellet says based on his appearance, the Briton didn't look like someone who had been involved in a robbery with a struggle because he was both clean and neatly dressed.

Mellet drove with him to the Cape Grace Hotel.

He says Dewani told him what had happened and he jotted down notes.

The sergeant says the murder accused told him that his wife wanted to see the township nightlife one last time.

A week ago, another police officer warrant officer George Stefanus testified Dewani told him a similar thing.

At the time, his lawyer, Francois van Zyl denied the word 'township' existed in his client's vocabulary.

Earlier, Dewani's lawyer told the court the fact that Anni wanted to fall pregnant contradicted claims she was considering divorcing her husband.

State witness Sneha Mashru told the court that her cousin was considering divorcing her husband shortly after their wedding.

She says her cousin didn't even want to go on honeymoon.

But on Tuesday, van Zyl said a doctor's note shows Anni wasn't on any contraception and wanted to fall pregnant.

Mashru remained resolute that her cousin wasn't happy in her relationship.

She added the couple's sex life was problematic because Dewani struggled to perform in bed.

Mashru was privy to intimate details about her cousin's innermost thoughts and feelings, because according to her, they shared all their secrets.

She also told the court that she felt the things Dewani had told her about the events that led to her cousin's murder didn't add up, such as that she wanted to see the township in South Africa.

Suspicious, Mashru recorded a meeting with him, using a dictaphone she hid in her jacket.

Mashru says Dewani also didn't behave like a grieving husband.

She became emotional and started to cry during her testimony. She choked up while talking about her cousin's lifeless body during cross-examination, prompting a brief adjournment.