Dewani trial: Playful messages, CCTV footage shown in court

The CCTV footage shows the couple cuddling and kissing while seated in a cosy booth at a hotel bar.

FILE: Shrien Dewani leaves the Western Cape High Court on 29 October 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani's defence has used playful phone messages and surveillance camera footage to show the British businessman and his wife were in an affectionate relationship just days before she was killed.

Dewani is on trial in the Western Cape High Court for allegedly ordering a hit on his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

It's alleged Dewani hired hitmen to stage the hijacking in which Anni was gunned down.

The CCTV footage shows the couple cuddling and kissing while seated in a cosy booth at a hotel bar.

WATCH: CCTV footage of couple shown in court.

In the dock, Dewani was emotional as he wiped away tears, took a few deep breaths and tried to compose himself while the clips were played in court.

Investigating officer Paul Hendrikse was forced to concede the couple was affectionate in the footage.

Dewani's lawyer, Francois van Zyl, recalled Hendrikse to the stand to show him the video clips and phone messages the couple had sent each other days before the murder.

Van Zyl read out the phone messages sent on 4 and 5 November 2010 in which the couple used pet names "Fred" and "Wilma"during their playful banter.

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


Earlier, Judge Jeanette Traverso expressed her "great displeasure" with the prosecution, questioning why they're still "scurrying" after witnesses at this stage in the trial.

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 Van Zyl wanted to know why he hasn't received the expert's report yet, 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.

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