This story first made waves in 2010 when it happened. But for those who never heard about the story of Shrien Dewani and his wife Anni Hindocha who was murdered in South Africa during their honeymoon, let me do a brief recap.
Dewani, a millionaire business man based in Bristol, UK married the beautiful Anni in a wedding said to have cost £200,000 (over N50million) in Mumbai in October 2010. The newlyweds later travelled to Cape Town, South Africa for their honeymoon.
During their honeymoon on November 13 2010, Shrien and Anni Dewani were allegedly held at gunpoint as their chauffeur rode them in a taxi cab through the rough township of Gugulethu on the outskirts of Cape Town. Their cab was hijacked.
Dewani claimed that he escaped but his wife was driven off and killed. Her body was found the next morning at the back of the abandoned vehicle. A subsequent post-mortem examination revealed she was shot in the neck.
The taxi driver, Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing. Two other accomplices, Mzwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni were also arrested. Tongo claimed Dewani offered him 15,000 rand (N35,000) to have his wife killed – something strongly denied by the British businessman’s family. Dewani was later arrested in Bristol under a South African warrant on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife.
Facts later emerged from a male prostitute, Leopold Leisser whom Dewani met online. Leisser said that Dewani was secretly gay but went ahead with the lavish wedding ceremony because he was too ashamed to tell his family the truth about his homosexuality.
42-year-old Leisser who specialises in Sadomasochism said Dewani’s online chat username was ‘Asiansubguy’ and that they met at a website called Gaydar. He claimed he visited Dewani three times before his wedding – and even received texts from him days after Anni was murdered. He said after their third meeting, Dewani told him he couldn’t break off his engagement as he would be disowned by his family and needed to “find a way out of it”.
Dewani was extradited from Britain on April 7, 2014 and sent to a psychiatric hospital in South Africa, until next month. He was said to have suffered from poor mental health and chest pains soon after his wife’s murder. He has to be assessed to find out if he can be tried in court although his health is said to have significantly improved.
The millionaire businessman is accused of paying three men to kill his wife during the couple’s honeymoon, which he denies.