Cape Town - The griefstricken father of murdered honeymoon bride Anni Hindocha has spoken out for the first time following the end of her husband’s murder trial in South Africa last year.
In an excerpt from his memoir published in the Daily Mail, a UK tabloid, Vinod Hindocha described how his daughter’s husband Shrien Dewani “insulted” her memory, held a pizza party before her funeral and threw a tantrum over her coffin.
Last year Dewani was tried for murder for allegedly orchestrating the death of his wife, staging the hijacking in Gugulethu in which she was killed in November 2010. The pair was on honeymoon in the country.
But the case was thrown out by High Court judge Jeanette Traverso and Dewani was acquitted of the laundry list of charges against him in December. He quickly returned to his home in the UK.
At the end of the court case, Hindocha’s family sobbed on the court steps as they spoke to reporters. “Today we’re feeling really sad because we never heard the full story of what happened,” said her sister, Ami Denborg.
But now a British coroner is considering resuming an inquest into the murder of Anni, meaning that her husband could face public questioning under oath, according to a report published in the UK newspaper The Telegraph.
Anni was living in North London before she married Dewani. The inquest into her death had been adjourned during the police investigation. However, Andrew Walker - a coroner in the area - has e-mailed those involved in the case to say he is considering reopening the inquest, wrote the newspaper.
Hindocha’s family had pleaded ahead of Dewani’s acquittal for the Briton to take the stand and tell them his side of the story. An inquest may grant the grieving family that opportunity.
According to the Daily Mail, Vinod and Anni’s uncle Ashok were set to meet the coroner on Tuesday.
In his memoir, titled Anni Dewani: A Father’s Story, Vinod criticised Dewani for behaving insensitively following his daughter’s murder. When he flew to Cape Town and met his son-in-law at the Cape Grace hotel he said Dewani gave him “very little comfort”.
“He wasn’t even hugging me. He just seemed more interested in his laptop and mobile phone. I stared at the floor as he sat opposite me typing away or making telephone calls,” he wrote in the memoir. “I shook when I heard him raise his voice as he spoke into the telephone. He was having an argument with a relative back in the UK and shouted: ‘You don’t interfere. I am going to do it’.”
Hindocha expressed his outrage at being invited to a pizza party, organised by Dewani, to give Anni a “send-off”.
“A what? A pizza party? I was so offended. How could my daughter’s memory be honoured by a pizza?”