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UK coroner won't hold inquest into Anni Dewani's death

Anni’s bitterly disappointed family left the court no closer to finding out how she died.

FILE: The Hindocha family held a memorial for Anni on the fourth anniversary of her murder in Cape Town on 13 November 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

LONDON - A British coroner has refused to hold an inquest in to the death of Anni Dewani.

Andrew Walker told the court he would be bound by law to reach the same conclusion as the South African judge who provided over the trial of her husband Shrien Dewan, who had been accused of orchestrating her murder in Cape Town in 2010.

He said he was at the trial of her husband, so it was would be pointless to hold an inquest unless new evidence was uncovered.

Anni's bitterly disappointed family left the court no closer to finding out how she died.

In response to 37 questions put to her husband by her family since the last hearing, the court was told he had not answered them in detail.

With British coroners lacking powers to force witnesses to provide evidence and a legal duty to be bound by the latest judicial judgment in South Africa, Walker refused to hold an inquest.

The family is now likely to pursue other legal avenues to try and secure answers from Dewani who has always denied involvement in the murder.

This is another setback for Anni's family and it showed. They say his two-page typed response failed to answer the main points.

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