South African man found guilty of Anni Dewani murder

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 06:20 hrs

A South African man has been convicted of murdering Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani while she was on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

Xolile Mngeni, a township-raised drug dealer who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, was found guilty at Western Cape High Court of murdering Anni, 28.

According to the Telegraph, the 25-year-old was accused of firing a bullet into Anni's neck at almost point blank range after hijacking the couple's people carrier taxi as it drove through one of the city's most dangerous townships.

However, South African prosecutors have publicly accused the newlywed's husband Shrien, also of Indian origin, of orchestrating her killing.

He is currently being treated for depression and post traumatic stress disorder and is fighting extradition back to South Africa.

According to the paper, Ashok Hindocha, Anni's uncle, welcomed Mngeni's conviction, but said her family could never have justice until Shrien was also put on trial.

He said that waiting for the "truth" from Shrien was "eating our family up from inside".

"We are happy about today's news but we still need the last person on trial, Shrien Dewani, so we can know the whole truth," the paper quoted him, as saying.

"It's time that Shrien goes to South Africa and faces trial there so hopefully we can get closure in this case and move on with our lives and start the mourning process," he added. (ANI)

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