Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Man traumatised by honeymoon murder

Anni Dewani, who was shot dead on her honeymoon in South Africa, with husband Shrien
Anni Dewani, who was shot dead on her honeymoon in South Africa, with husband Shrien

The husband whose bride was murdered in a carjacking on their South African honeymoon is receiving medical assistance to help him deal with the trauma, his brother said.

Shrien Dewani has told how he was dragged screaming away from wife Anni, 28, after being attacked by gunmen as they visited a township in Cape Town on November 13. She was found shot dead in the vehicle the next day.

Mr Dewani has also rejected speculation that he was somehow involved in the incident earlier this month, saying: "People who suggest this could not have seen us together."

His brother, Preyen Dewani, issued a statement through publicists Max Clifford Associates dismissing "totally false accusations blaming him for what happened to his wife from people seeking to divert this matter away from security in South Africa for ordinary people".

He said: "Shrien is having to deal with the tragic loss of his chosen life partner on their honeymoon as well as the horrific ordeal of being held up and terrorised at gunpoint before his wife was brutally murdered.

"At this stage I would like to make it clear that Shrien has not been asked to go back to South Africa. As you can imagine he has been severely traumatised by what happened to Anni and himself on their honeymoon in this country.

"He is currently receiving medical assistance and help to deal with the awful trauma that he is experiencing. His family are in constant contact with the police in South Africa and are fully co-operating with their investigation."

The couple's driver on the night, Zola Tonga, appeared in court on Monday charged with the murder of Mrs Dewani.

He and another man, Mzwamadoda Qwabe, 26, from Khayelitsha, appeared at the Wynberg Regional Court in Cape Town to face charges of murder and hijacking, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said.

A third person, 26-year-old Xolile Mmgeni from Khayelitsha, is due back in court on Thursday to face charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

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