Saturday 19 April 2014

Video: South African convicted of killing honeymooner

A SOUTH African accused of being the hitman in the murder of a Swedish bride on her honeymoon has been found guilty. The woman's husband, Shrien Dewani, continues to fight extradition over the killing.

Judge Robert Henney gave the verdict in the trial of Xolile Mngeni, convicted of killing Anni Dewani (28). Prosecutors say Mngeni was hired by Ms Dewani's British husband to carry out the killing in 2010.

The crime was intended to look like a botched carjacking.

Mngeni (25), who had surgery in June 2011 to remove a brain tumour, has suffered seizures and blackouts and has trouble remembering things, his lawyer said.

Mngeni's poor health has slowed his trial and he appeared thinner yesterday than he had at previous hearings.

Mr Dewani has denied he hired anyone to kill his wife and was allowed by authorities to leave South Africa for the UK, where he was later arrested.

Mngeni is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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