Trail clearer in Anni’s murder trial

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Caryn Dolley

THE trail of a pistol, two cellphones and jewellery – exhibits in the trial of Xolile Mngeni, Anni Dewani’s alleged triggerman – has become clearer in the Western Cape High Court.

Mngeni has denied kidnapping, robbing and murdering Anni on November 13, 2010.

The four main items forming exhibits in the trial are:

l Exhibit 1: A firearm and four rounds of ammunition.

A friend of Mngeni’s, who may not be named for fear of reprisal, said he saw Mngeni with a firearm covered in a white plastic bag on November 13, 2010.

Mngeni later put the firearm, still in the plastic bag, under his mattress.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who last month pleaded guilty to his role in Dewani’s murder, said it was his firearm, which Mngeni had returned to him a day after Dewani’s killing.

Qwabe, who then gave his firearm to a friend to keep, said he had pointed it out to the police after his arrest.

The State has indicated the gun was used to kill Dewani.

l Exhibit 2: A brown Nokia cellphone.

A close friend of Mngeni’s, who may not be named, said Mngeni arrived at his shack with a brown Nokia phone after midnight on November 14.

On November 16, 2010, police found the Nokia under the mattress, on the side on which Mngeni was sleeping.


Exhibit 3: (A) watch, and (B) a silver bracelet.

After Alice Mcinga’s nephew and two women were arrested in a shelter at the back of her home on November 16, she found the watch and bracelet in a plastic money bag “where the corrugated iron is forming part of the roof”.

l Exhibit 4: A BlackBerry cellphone.

A Khayelitsha resident, 44, said she saw Mngeni on November 14. He told her he was selling his BlackBerry for R500.

The trial continues today.

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