Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Man charged over honeymoon murder

Shrien Dewani and murder victim Anni Dewani at their wedding (Bristol Evening Post/PA)

A man has been charged with murdering a newlywed on her honeymoon in South Africa with her British husband, police said.

Anni Dewani, 28, and her husband Shrien, 31, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, were carjacked by armed robbers in a township on Cape Town's outskirts late on Saturday night.

The gunmen forced the couple's driver and Mr Dewani out of the vehicle before driving off. Swedish-born Mrs Dewani's body was found the next day.

A 26-year-old man, who has not been named, will appear in court on Thursday charged with the honeymooner's murder and hijacking, South African police said.

Western Cape police spokesman Captain Frederick van Wyk said officers are also hunting another suspect.

The Dewanis, who were married in India a fortnight before the tragedy, spent the first four days of their honeymoon on safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa before moving on to a five-star hotel in Cape Town.

They decided to venture outside the normal tourist areas for a more authentic experience.

Mr Dewani told the Daily Mail: "Anni grew up in Sweden, and she felt as if the area around this hotel was just like at home: so clean and safe, and maybe a bit sterile. She had never been to Africa before, so she suggested that we should have a look at the 'real Africa'."

They were being driven through the township of Gugulethu on Saturday night when they were attacked by two gunmen.

Mr Dewani was dumped in another township and alerted police, who later found the abandoned taxi containing the body of his wife, who had been shot.

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