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Dewani trial: Male escort’s testimony 'to provide context'

The prosecution has to submit a written statement, explaining why Leopold Leisser should continue testifying.

Shrien Dewani leaves the Western Cape High Court on 27 October 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in the honeymoon murder trial has told the Western Cape High Court a male escort's testimony would provide context for why Shrien Dewani would want to kill his wife.

The British businessman is accused of orchestrating his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani's murder while the couple were on their honeymoon in Cape Town almost four years ago.

Anni was shot dead in apparent staged hijacking in Khayelitsha in November 2010.

Her husband was extradited to South Africa earlier this year, to stand trial for his part in her death.

Three South African men have already been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their part in the crime.

But just last week, one of them died following a battle with cancer.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp was under pressure in court on Monday to explain why male escort Leopold Leisser's testimony about his liaisons with Dewani in 2009 and 2010 are relevant to the trial.

He said it would provide insight into the British businessman's state of mind at the time.

In Leisser's statement to police, he said Dewani told him he didn't know how to get out of getting married without being disowned by his family.

Known as the German Master, he spent several minutes on the witness stand on Monday before Judge Jeanette Traverso asked him to stand down.

The prosecution will now have to submit written statements to the judge, to convince her to allow Leisser to continue giving testimony.

For more on Shrien Dewani, click here.

Or follow proceedings on EWN's live Dewani trial blog.

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