Dewani trial: Has the prosecution done enough?

Dewani’s legal team is expected to submit written argument this week to have him aquitted.

FILE: State prosecutor, advocate Adrian Mopp, entering the Western Cape High Court ahead of Shrien Dewani's murder trial. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - At the Shrien Dewani trial, the question soon facing the court will be whether the prosecution has done enough to convince it that Dewani may have plotted to kill his wife.

Dewani's legal team is expected to submit written argument this week as part of an application to have him acquitted.

The British businessman is accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife, Anni Hindocha Dewani, during the couple's honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has always said it had a strong case against him.

Authorities fought tooth and nail to have him extradited from the United Kingdom to face charges here in Cape Town.

But now that the state has closed its case, the defence has indicated it intends bringing an application to have him acquitted, and is expected to file papers on Wednesday.

Independent criminal lawyer, William Booth explains what this means.

"A judge may then grant it if the judge feels that it would be a waste to continue with the rest of the trial."

The matter is likely to be argued on Monday, but it's not yet clear when the state will wrap up its case against him.

The prosecution has called 16 witnesses so far.

On Friday, a forensic analyst took the stand.

She was called to explain why gunshot residue was found on a glove belonging to a man who denies shooting Anni.

Colonel Thandiwe Mlabateki said primer residue analysis can't determine exactly who fired a shot because particles could land on anything within a two metre radius.

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