Dewani judge expresses 'great displeasure' with prosecution

Judge Jeanette Traverso has questioned why the prosecution is still 'scurrying' after witnesses.

FILE: British businessman Shrien Dewani appears in the Western Cape High Court on 6 October 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The judge in the honeymoon murder trial has expressed her "great displeasure" with the prosecution, questioning why they're still "scurrying" after witnesses at this stage in the trial.

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

The trial was postponed until Friday when the state will call an expert to testify about gunshot residue.

Today's proceedings wrapped up in less than an hour for two reasons.

The state intended on calling a cellphone mapping expert to testify today but it emerged this was no longer necessary because his evidence was not in dispute.

The prosecution then told the court its next witness, an expert on gunshot residue, will only be available on Friday.

But when defence lawyer Francois van Zyl wanted to know why he hasn't received the expert's report yet, Judge Jeanette Traverso was annoyed that the document was still being finalised at this stage of the trial.

She said this case is costing the state a lot of money and yet the investigation is incomplete.


The court also heard Dewani and his newly-wed wife sent each other playful phone messages days before she was killed.

Dewani's lawyer revealed the messages today to try and place into context emails the couple had sent each other which suggested the relationship was fraught with tension.

The intimate email exchanges between the newlyweds exposed cracks in their relationship.

In an email dated 5 November 2010, Anni told her husband they should not be like actors and pretend all was well in their relationship.

"Just because we had a Bollywood wedding, doesn't mean we are Bollywood actors."

She wrote pretending would lead to them hating each other.

The bride was hurt after a conversation with her husband during which he apparently expressed unhappiness about being married.

In his response, also read out in court, Dewani told his wife she misunderstood him and that he was not forcing himself to be with her.

Just eight days later Anni was killed.

Dewani judge slams ill-prepared prosecution


Yesterday, the court heard that Anni 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 were contained in the couple's email exchanges which were read out in court.

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.

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

One of them was 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.

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