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Anni’s family ‘objects’ to medical parole

Cape Town -

The family of honeymoon murder victim Anni Dewani say that news one of her killers is applying for medical parole is “like rubbing salt in our wounds”.

Convicted murderer Xolile Mngeni, 26, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011. File photo: Tracey Adams. Credit: INLSA

According to a weekend newspaper report, 26-year-old Xolile Mngeni has applied for medical parole after being admitted to Groote Schuur Hospital last month.

Mngeni was jailed for life in 2012 for killing Dewani. He was also sentenced to 15 years in jail for robbery with aggravating circumstances and to five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, to run concurrently with his life term.

Dewani, 28, was shot dead in Gugulethu on November 13, 2010, during a hijacking allegedly orchestrated by her husband, Shrien Dewani.

Mngeni, who fired the fatal shot, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011. This delayed his case and he was convicted the following year.

Ami Denborg, sister of the murdered bride, told the Cape Argus on Monday the family “strongly objected” to possible medical parole.

- Cape Argus

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