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Dewani murder plot 'almost comical', trial is told

The men who planned to murder honeymooner Anni Dewani were not "the A-team of contract killers", a court has been told.

Arguing that the murder case against her husband Shrien Dewani should not be thrown out, prosecutor Adrian Mopp told the Western Cape High Court in South Africa that the murder plot was amateurish and almost comical.

Lawyers for the millionaire businessman have asked a South African judge to throw the case against him out and allow him to return to England.

Francois van Zyl, defending Dewani, has claimed there are inconsistencies in evidence given against his client.

But countering the defence application, Mr Mopp said: "We know these individuals were not the A-team of contract killers. They could barely organise transport from Khayelitsha to Gugulethu.

"We are dealing with an amateurish attempt. If it were not for the killing of the deceased, it would actually be comical, the manner in which this matter was set about."

Mr Mopp argued that certain people, with their world view, would expect a level of sophistication in the planning.

Deputy judge president Jeanette Traverso said two of the hitmen, Zola Tongo and Monde Mbolombo, had fairly sophisticated jobs before they lost them.

Mr Mopp replied that may be so, but they were not involved in serious crime and had "vulnerabilities" that made them susceptible to being drawn into this world.

He added that fellow hitmen Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni were in a different category, where they had access to illegal firearms and were unemployed.

Yesterday, Judge Traverso spoke about the seemingly disorganised plan that the men allegedly organised together. The trial continues.

Irish Independent