London - Former Cape Town murder suspect Shrien Dewani may never speak publicly about his wife Anni’s murder after a London coroner ruled that a full inquest into her death was unlikely.
Despite pressure from Anni Dewani’s family, North London coroner Andrew Walker ruled that a full hearing in the UK would not have any ‘useful purpose’ after last December’s court case in Cape Town saw Shrien acquitted of murder.
Mr Walker said he would write to the widower asking him to attend another coroner’s court date next month to answer questions from Anni’s family but he is not compelled to do either and with his previous reluctance to co-operate, it is unlikely he will ever speak publicly about the night of his new bride’s death.
Anni’s body was found shot dead in the back of a taxi following an alleged hijacking in a Cape Town township on 14 November 2010. Three men - Zola Tongo, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni - were handed prison terms for their role in the killing which they claimed Shrien orchestrated.
He has always denied involvement in her death and was acquitted of murder at the High Court following a long extradition battle in the UK.