One of the men accused of murdering the bride of Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani has surgery to remove a brain tumour
By Becky_Feather | Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 09:34
One of two men due to face charges for the murder of the wife of Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani has had surgery to remove a brain tumour, a court in South Africa has heard.
Anni Dewani, wife of Westbury-on-Trym businessman Shrien Dewani, was murdered on her honeymoon in Cape Town
Xolile Mngeni, who is in hospital in Cape Town, where he has had a malignant tumour removed, was due to stand trial alongside a second suspect, Mziwamadoda Qwabe.
They are accused of murdering Anni Dewani on the couple's honeymoon in South Africa last November.
The case has been adjourned until August 2.
Mrs Dewani was shot dead in November last year in a township near Cape Town. Police there believe her husband Shrien paid four men to kill his 28-year-old bride in the back of a taxi in a staged hijacking but the 31-year-old, of Passage Road, Westbury on Trym, denies any wrongdoing and is fighting extradition.
Court proceedings have been postponed until July pending a report on his mental health. He is currently being held at the Fromeside mental health clinic in Fishponds.
Four men were arrested for the murder – Qwabe, Mngeni, the taxi driver Zola Tongo and Monde Mbolombo. Tongo was jailed last year for 18 years, while Mbolombo has become a state witness against Mngeni and Qwabe.