Dewani spent thousands on preparing home for Anni
Francois van Zyl says his client was looking forward to a life with his new bride.
CAPE TOWN - Murder accused and British businessman, Shrien Dewani, bought his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, 100 saris and spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on renovating his home in preparation for her moving in after their honeymoon.
This was revealed by Dewani's lawyer during cross-examination of state witness Sneha Mashru in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.
The late Anni Hindocha Dewani's cousin, Sneha Mashru. Picture: Sneha Mashru's Facebook page
The Briton is accused of ordering a hit on his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.
Dewani was preparing for Anni to move into his home and he bought her new clothes to fill her wardrobe, an indication, his lawyer Francois van Zyl said, that he was looking forward to a life with her.
Van Zyl also moved to explain what's been described by Mashru as Dewani's strange behaviour.
The state witness, testified on Monday that Dewani didn't act like a grieving man, was oddly concerned about his own appearance and planned Anni's funeral on a detailed spread sheet.
Van Zyl said his client is a perfectionist who focused on making sure everything was just right after his wife's death, including ensuring his own suits fitted him well because he wanted to look decent at the funeral.
Earlier on, a second police officer testified Dewani said his wife wanted to see the township nightlife before they were hijacked.
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, Dewani didn't look like someone who had been involved in a robbery with a struggle because he was both clean and neatly dressed.
The sergeant drove with Dewani to the Cape Grace Hotel.
He says the Briton told him what had happened and he jotted down notes.
Mellet says Dewani told him that his wife wanted to see the township nightlife one last time.
Lat week, another police officer warrant officer George Stefanus testified Dewani told him a similar thing.
At the time, the Briton's lawyer denied the words 'township' existed in his client's vocabulary.