Friday, April 18, 2014

Man Who Had Wife Killed While on Honeymoon Finally Extradited to South Africa

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The story of Shrien Dewani and his wife Anni Hindocha broke in November 2010, and what a sad heart-wrenching story it was. New bride Anni was murdered in South Africa on their honeymoon, when their taxi was hijacked by armed robbers. I was so sad for the groom, he managed to jump out of the moving taxi but could not save his wife. He left South Africa heart broken.

But then, the taxi driver was arrested, and the two armed robbers, and the story took a sinister turn, their testimony revealed that the husband had paid them to kill his wife. Of course he denied it, what reason would he have to kill his beautiful young new wife? Well, a gay prostitute came out to say Dewani was a regular customer of his and had killed his wife so as to continue a gay lifestyle without his family's interference.

Anyway, South Africa applied to have him extradited to face murder charges for killing his wife, and just last week, after years of slow legal procedure, Dewani is now in Cape Town awaiting trail.

May his poor wife's soul rest in peace.


November 13 - Shrien and Anni Dewani's cab is hijacked as their chauffeur drives them through the rough township of Gugulethu on the outskirts of Cape Town on their honeymoon. Dewani escapes but his wife is driven off and killed. Her body is found the next morning in the back of the abandoned vehicle. A subsequent post-mortem examination finds she was shot in the neck.
November 16 - Dewani leaves South Africa. Xolile Mngeni, from the township of Khayelitsha, is arrested by Western Cape Police.
November 17 - Mngeni is charged with the hijacking and murder.
November 18 - Police arrest a second suspect, Mzwamadoda Qwabe, also from Khayelitsha.
November 20 - Police arrest a third suspect, the couple's taxi driver Zola Tongo, from Cape Town.
December 7 - Tongo is jailed for 18 years after making a plea agreement with prosecutors. The taxi driver claims Dewani offered him 15,000 rand (£1,300) to have his wife killed - something strongly denied by the British businessman's family. Dewani is arrested in Bristol under a South African warrant on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife.
December 8 - Dewani appears at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London and is remanded in custody as the South African authorities fight to extradite him.

March 3 - Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, is sent to the Priory Hospital in Bristol.
April 20 - Dewani is compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act at Fromeside Clinic, a secure hospital in Bristol.
May 3-5 - Dewani's extradition hearing begins at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London. Prosecutors cite an unnamed witness who claims Dewani confessed he needed to 'find a way out of' his marriage months before the wedding.
August 10 - District Judge Howard Riddle rules that Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial.
September 28 - Home Secretary Theresa May signs an order for Dewani to be extradited to South Africa.
September 30 - Dewani lodges a High Court appeal against Mrs May's decision.

February 10 - The Western Cape High Court in South Africa hears that Dewani is to be added as the fourth accused when the murder trial eventually gets under way.
March 30 - The High Court temporarily halts Dewani's extradition, ruling that it would be 'unjust and oppressive' to order his removal. But the court said it was plainly in the interests of justice that he should be extradited 'as soon as he is fit' to be tried.
August 8 - South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority announces that Qwabe has pleaded guilty to murdering Mrs Dewani along with charges of kidnapping, robbery and the illegal possession of a firearm. He is jailed for 25 years.
In a statement as part of his plea deal, Qwabe said that after he and Mngeni staged the fake hijacking, he drove the car as Mngeni kept a pistol pointed at Mrs Dewani in the back seat before shooting her.
November 19 - Mngeni is found guilty of premeditated murder at the Western Cape High Court. He is also convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. But he is acquitted of Mrs Dewani's kidnapping.
December 3 - Dewani is allowed to switch from Fromeside to Blaise View mental health hospital in Bristol, described as a more 'open, relaxed and calm environment', after a court hears he is a 'husk' of his former self and 'adapted poorly' to treatment.
December 5 - Xolile Mngeni is jailed for life for shooting Mrs Dewani.

February 13 - Dewani is admitted to hospital suffering chest pains, his family say.
April 11 - Dewani's mental health is said to have improved 'significantly,' a court hears.
May 15 - His QC Clare Montgomery tells another court update that his mental health has deteriorated.
July 1 - The full extradition hearing begins at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
July 24 - Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle rules Dewani should be extradited to South Africa
October 22 - Dewani wins a further hearing in his legal battle against extradition on a point of law

January 31 - Dewani loses his final High Court challenge to avoid extradition
April 7 - The murder suspect is flown from London's Heathrow Airport to Cape Town

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