Anni ‘executed in cold blood’

Crime & Courts

The bride killed while on honeymoon in South Africa was executed in cold blood, and had not been sexually assaulted, a leaked medical report suggests.

A document written by a paramedic who attended the scene states that Anni Dewani was killed after sustaining wounds to her neck and back.

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A photo of Anni Dewani posted on a memoriam site started to raise funds in her honour for a school in India.

This appears to contradict the alleged findings of an investigation by a ballistics expert apparently commissioned by the legal team representing her husband Shrien.

This apparently found that she had been shot through the hand.

Victims who suffer hand wounds have often been shot unintentionally during a struggle.

The document, officially known in South Africa as a Declaration of Death, was compiled by a paramedic at 7.59am on November 14, just an hour-and-a-half after police found the body of Anni, 28.

Under the section “description of incident” it states that Anni was discovered “lying on her back and side. Wound to neck and wounds to medial scapula in the middle of her back”.

At the bottom of the document it states: “Unable to determine if wound in neck is gunshot wound.”

The report makes no mention of injuries to Anni’s hands.

A medical officer who attended the scene said: “I didn’t see any wounds on her hands. I didn’t examine them but I’m sure if she was shot I would have noticed blood coming from her hands.

“The only wounds I noticed were the bullet wounds in her neck and two or three stab wounds on her back from a knife with a blade half-an-inch long.

“Her clothes were intact. There was no sign that there had been an attempted sexual attack or fighting. Her clothes were neat like when you lay a baby down and pull her clothes nicely. There was no evidence of a struggle.

“She looked like someone who had maybe passed out after drinking or had been sedated. It looked as if someone in the passenger seat had leant over and shot her in the neck. I got the definite impression that she was executed.”

Engineering graduate Anni was found dead hours after the honeymoon couple’s taxi was held up by two men in the Gugulethu township near Cape Town.

The driver of the car, Zola Tongo, 31, was one of three men arrested. He later made a plea bargain with prosecutors, claiming in court he had arranged for the gunmen to stage a hijacking after Mr Dewani offered him £1 400 to murder his wife.

Tongo was jailed for 18 years for his part in the crime.

Mr Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol, handed himself in to police and was later released on £250 000 bail. He will appear in court in January to fight extradition to South Africa. He has repeatedly denied any part in his wife’s death.

Two other men, Xolile Mngeni, 23, and Mzwamadoda Qwabe, 26, have also been charged over the tragedy and will stand trial in February.

The medic who attended the crime scene went on to claim that the nature of the hijacking was extremely unusual for Khayelitsha, where Mngeni and Qwabe come from.

He claimed: “In Khayelitsha they would have definitely raped her. And they (the police) would never have found her. She was lying in an open area where she was easy to find.

“They would have got rid of the body and killed the husband and not let him go to be a witness. That’’s my experience in 10 years working in this area. And the vehicle would have been burnt out to destroy any evidence.”

A source close to the Dewani family said the original paramedic’s report was not consistent with the post-mortem report. However, he would not comment on the ballistics report. - Daily Mail

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