'Plot to kill Anni Dewani executed by amateur men'

Adrian Mopp said this explains why there were no detailed discussions on the murder.

FILE: Anni Dewani was murdered in Cape Town on 13 November, 2010 . Picture: The Anni Dewani (Hindocha) Case Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution in the honeymoon murder trial says the plot to kill Anni Hindocha Dewani was executed by amateur men who were drawn to crime by the lure of money.

The state has been trying to explain apparent holes in its case against Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, who is accused of hiring hitmen to kill her during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

The British businessman was extradited to South Africa in April to stand trial for the alleged orchestration of his wife's murder.

Three South Africans have already been convicted for their parts in the crime, one of whom died in October following a battle with cancer.

The British businessman has been on trial in the Western Cape high Court since early October.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp said the local men involved in the conspiracy to kill Anni were amateur criminals.

In the state's heads of argument, the prosecution said this explains why there were no detailed discussions about how and when the murder should take place.

Tongo was continuously late and one of the hitmen couldn't even arrange transport to get to the agreed upon location where the hijacking was due to take place.

Mopp told the court the whole thing would have been comical if it did not end so tragically.

He has been trying to explain what's been described by the defence as a "highly improbable" version of events.

Soon after Mopp began laying out the state's case, Western Cape High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso asked him a range of questions, including why Dewani, who had never been to the country before, would go along with the 'loose arrangements' that made up the alleged plot to kill Anni.

She also asked him why Dewani's alleged co-conspirators had robbed him of an additional R4,000 if he was involved in the plot.

Today's arguments are a crucial part in the case.

After this, the judge will decide whether or not the case should be dismissed.

To read the full heads of arguments, click here.