New revelations about Westbury-on-Trym murder suspect Shrien Dewani in Channel 4 documentary tonight
By Becky_Feather | Monday, July 11, 2011, 21:51
Claims about Shrien Dewani's sex life were revealed in a Channel 4 documentary tonight as it examined the "mystery and contradiction" surrounding the murder of the Westbury-on-Trym businessman's wife Anni in South Africa.
Murder on Honeymoon, the Dispatches programme on Channel 4 tonight which looked at the murder of Anni, the wife of Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani
Vinod Hindocha interviewed on the Dispatches programme about the murder in South Africa of his daughter Anni, who had recently married Shrien Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym
Ami Denborg talking on the Dispatches programme tonight about her late sister Anni and her short-lived marriage to Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani who the South African authorities believe plotted to have her murdered. He denies all allegations against him
Mentorn Media, which made the Dispatches programme - Murder on Honeymoon - says it had "exclusive access to Anni's family and to the prosecution case" to investigate the events surrounding her death last November.
The programme comes in the week before Mr Dewani is due to appear in court in London for an extradition hearing.
A lot of information rolled out tonight about the killing of the 28-year-old in an apparent taxi hijacking near Cape Town has already been in the public domain, including the claims that the plot to kill her was hatched when Mr Dewani arrived in Cape Town and met taxi driver Zola Tongo, and that the two men accused of murdering her, Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, claim they were tortured by police into making their confessions.
But there were new revelations from Anni's family, including that the couple did not sleep together before their wedding as Mr Dewani apparently did not believe in sex before marriage, a decision which Anni's sister Ami Denborg told Dispatches she found "strange" .
And there was a further claim that the couple slept apart on the night of their grand wedding in Mumbai after they had a huge row.
There was also a suggestion in last night's programme that Anni had discussed the issue of divorce with her family.
Dispatches said prosecutors in South Africa claim to have mobile phone billing records from Zola Tongo, who has already been sentenced for arranging the murder. The records apparently confirm texts between him and 31-year-old Mr Dewani before, during and after the fateful late-night taxi journey through the rough township of Gugulethu where the vehicle was hijacked and Anni was kidnapped.
According to Dispatches, prosecutors in South Africa also claim to have detailed information about alleged relationships that Mr Dewani had with men.
Mr Dewani, of Passage Road, Westbury-on-Trym, has refused to return to South Africa and has repeatedly denied any involvement in his bride's murder. He has also denied any suggestion that he is gay.
He is currently being treated at a secure mental health hospital in Bristol and is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
He is due back in court in London on July 18 for the extradition hearing.