Mngeni’s trial continues

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Johannesburg - The trial of a man accused of killing Anni Dewani is expected to continue in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Xolile Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Monday, a video played in court showed Mngeni being asked questions by police on the evening of November 16, 2010. In it Mngeni says he is “just a bit scared of the other guy, the one who did this”.

When he shows doubt about making an admission, Justice of the Peace Captain Adolf Jonker repeatedly says the recording can be stopped until Mngeni has consulted with a lawyer.

After a lengthy period of deciding what to do, Mngeni tells Jonker: “I can give a statement now, and then I can take a lawyer when I'm in court as a lawyer (now) is going to delay.”

The court was hearing a trial-within-a-trial to determine whether the State could admit into the court record a statement Mngeni made to the police.

Dewani was shot dead in Gugulethu in an apparent hijacking on November 13, 2010, while on honeymoon with her husband Shrien, the alleged mastermind of the crime. - Sapa


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