Dewani trial: Male prostitute’s testimony questioned

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp tried to convince the judge his witness would provide context relevant to the case.

Leopold Leisser ducks from view in the back seat as he leaves the Western Cape High Court on Monday 27 October 2014 following the judge's decision not to allow his testimony. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in the honeymoon murder trial has come under pressure this morning to justify why a United Kingdom (UK)-based male prostitute should testify against British businessman Shrien Dewani.

Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town almost four years ago.

Anni was shot during an alleged staged hijacking on 13 November 2010.

Her body was found in an abandoned Volkswagen Sharan in Khayelitsha the following morning.

Wearing a dark suit and striped red tie, Leopold Leisser, spoke with a German accent.

He testified that Dewani made use of his services, which include catering to men with sadomasochistic fetishes.

But it wasn't long before Judge Jeanette Traverso questioned the state about the relevance of Leisser's testimony.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp tried to convince the judge his witness would provide context relevant to the case, but Traverso wasn't satisfied.

She asked the prosecution to provide a written statement substantiating why she should allow Leisser to testify.

In the meantime, he has stood down as a witness.

Dewani acknowledged his bisexuality at the beginning of his trial.

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