'Anni Dewani didn't want an insecure man'

She told her husband in an email she didn’t want an insecure man whose feelings did not come naturally.

A woman holds a sign bearing the portrait of Anni Dewani as members of the ruling African National Congress Women's League protest against the abuse of women, outside the Cape Town High Court, where British murder accused, Shrien Dewani (unseen), is standing trial on 8 April, 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has heard that Anni Hindocha Dewani told her husband she didn't want an "insecure man" and was ready to pack up and leave him just days after they were married.

The revelations are contained in the couple's email exchanges which were earlier read out in court.

Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani is accused of ordering a hit on her life during their honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

Dewani has pleaded not guilty to four charges including that of murder.

In an email in which she laid her feelings bare, Anni told her husband she didn't want an insecure man whose feelings did not come naturally.

In the intimate email dated 5 November 2010, she explained that she was hurt that he told her if he knew "marriages were like this", he wouldn't have gotten married.

This was read out by investigating officer captain Paul Hendrikse during his evidence in chief.

Captain Paul Hendrickse is the state's 15th witness in its case against the Briton.

During cross-examination, Dewani's advocate Francois van Zyl pointed out there were two other emails that day which put the couple's conversation in context.

One of them is the murder accused's response in which he explains to his wife that she misunderstood what he had told her earlier that day and that he loved her.


Van Zyl criticised Hendrikse for not keeping an investigation diary which would have enabled police to pick up on cracks in the honeymoon murder probe early on.

Earlier, the investigating officer told the court that police "overlooked" a possibly crucial piece of evidence.

Hendrikse said investigators had requested a yellow glove, which was worn by hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe, be tested for gunshot residue but they neglected to obtain the results until this year when Dewani's defence team requested it.

This means investigators didn't have the results at the time Xolile Mngeni went on trial in 2012 for shooting Anni.

Hendrikse has admitted today crucial evidence was initially overlooked.

During cross-examination, Van Zyl told Hendrikse had he kept an up-to-date investigation diary, that mistake would have been caught earlier.

Hendrikse explained a detailed diary wasn't kept because information regarding the probe was leaked to the media.

The court also heard that police failed to interrogate video footage and audio recordings which showed former hotel receptionist, Monde Mbolombo, was more involved in Anni's death than he claimed.

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