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Offline colombosstogey

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #45 on: October 15, 2014, 02:58:36 PM »
AD was a young, attractive and well educated woman why settle for second best?

I recall going on holiday in the early 90's to the Turkish beach resort of Oludeniz.  Pagagliding was the thing to do there and after much persuasion by my partner I somewhat reluctantly agreed to give it a go.  It was done tandem with a professional pilot.  On the drive up the mountain we learned that days earlier a woman on honeymoon had fallen out of her paragliding harness and died.  All sorts of rumours were circulating as to whether or not it was an accident, suicide or foul play and the state of her relationship with her husband.  Sadly tragedies do happen on honeymoons:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_honeymoon_murders

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Michaela_McAreavey

It makes no sense to me at all why SD would arrange for AD to be murdered on honeymoon regardless of his sexuality and/or whether or not they were getting on. 

I wonder if SD is being unfairly discriminated against on the basis that he's attractive looking, well educated, wealthy and had an attractive wife?

I actually dont necessarily disagree with you why would he?

BUT it stinks. I know boring i have said it a few times, i lived in Africa, if you were car jacked they would not leave a witness. The chances are they would have raped the women and even the man and killed and dumped their bodies. IF they are car jackers its rare to find the car left with a body in it.....they are taken away and changed and sold......makes no sense.

It just doesnt sit well with me. We dont know what happened between the two of them on their own. Perhaps she found out and told him she was going to annul when she got home......

No i dont believe they would have left this guy alive to recognise them......it doesnt work that way. IF they kill one they kill them both.

Carjacking is a significant problem in South Africa, where it is called hijacking; there are some roadsigns warning people that certain areas are hotspots. There were 16,000 carjackings in 1998[3] (18 times the American rate per capita), and 60 murders a year resulting from these.]

Like i said if they kill one they kill both. Makes no sense to leave someone....




Offline Anna

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #46 on: October 15, 2014, 03:18:42 PM »
Trial is adjourned, due to chickenpox??? So some news......................
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The IndependentWednesday 15 October 2014
Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani described himself on a dating website as a single gay man.

accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, chose to select the option "single gay man” to describe himself on Gaydar website.

This was despite there also being other options, including "single bi(sexual) man".

The former digital product manager of the Gaydar site Simon Johnson told the court that Dewani, from Westbury on Trym in Bristol, used the profile ASIANSUBGUY, and chose "gay" as his sexual orientation.

Dewani had also selected "no" for the section asking whether the individual had disclosed their sexuality publicly.

 Shrien Dewani broke down in tears as graphic footage and images of his wife's dead body were shown in a South African court He appeared before Western Cape High Court yesterday for the first day of the two-month trial. He denies any involvement in the murder.

In his plea explanation handed up to the court a week ago, Dewani said he was bisexual and had had sexual interactions with both men and women.

"My sexual interactions with males were mostly physical experiences or e-mail chats with people I met online or in clubs, including prostitutes such as Leipold Leisser," he stated in the plea document."My sexual interactions with females were usually during the course of a relationship which consisted of other activities and emotional attachment."

Shrien Dewani met Anni on May 30 2009 after a mutual friend gave him her contact details.

In his plea explanation, he said he was instantly physically attracted to her on their first date and sensed there was mutual chemistry.

He has pleaded not guilty to the five counts against him, maintaining that the couple were the victims of a hijacking in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on 13 November 2010.

Mr Johnson, 33, said Dewani's profile indicated he was looking for a single gay man, a single bi man, a gay couple or a group.

 Nilam Hindocha, the mother of murdered Anni Dewani, arrives at court in Cape Town with family members On 14 March 2010, there was a single transaction of £60 to upgrade the profile from a guest to member for a year.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp said there were 59 saved private messages on the profile in total, of which 16 were sent or received between May 2009 and October 2010.

He also went through a table of log-ins and log-offs for the profile in question, confirming Dewani had visited the site three times in 2010 on 14 November, 15 November and 16 November.

Read more:  • Dewani moved to psychiatric hospital following extradition
 • One of gunmen 'released from prison on compassionate grounds'
 • South African men found guilty of Dewani murder
In his formal admissions, Dewani admitted his computer was logged onto Gaydar in the early hours of the morning on 15 November 2010.

His wife's body was found in their hijacked shuttle taxi early on 14 November 2010.

He also conceded his computer was logged onto the site on 15 November and 16 November, and while waiting with Anni for their flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 12 November 2010.

Mr Johnson explained that the site allowed people to add users as friends or favourites to share messages and photos with.

Mopp said there were a number of photos uploaded onto Dewani's profile.

Mr Johnson said that there were also a variety of chatrooms that "were particularly sexually charged" but that these visits were not recorded by the website.

 The father of the late Anni Dewani, Vinod Hindocha, at a news conference on the eve of the murder trial's start Mr Johnson was first approached by United Kingdom detectives in January 2011 to assist them with Dewani's profile and he intermittently provided them with information.

Dewani joined the Gaydar website in August 2004 and the last activity on his profile was on 21 November 2010.

"On that day, the profile was removed by the customer," Johnson said.

He said although the profile was removed from the site, it was still accessible to staff using a special application.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/shrien-dewani-trial-honeymoon-murder-suspect-described-himself-as-a-single-gay-man-9793846.html
“You should not honour men more than truth.”
― Plato

Offline John

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #47 on: October 16, 2014, 02:17:55 PM »
As stated above, the Dewani murder trial postponed due to chickenpox...


Dewani trial postponed due to chickenpox

news24
15 October 2014

Cape Town - The murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani has been postponed until next week because one of the prosecutors has chickenpox.

Prosecutor Adrian Mopp has been calling his witnesses to the stand in the Western Cape High Court for the last two days without the assistance of his colleague Shareen Riley.

He had a rough time on Tuesday when his one witness's testimony was ruled irrelevant and another was made to look inept by the defence.

Mopp subsequently spoke to deputy Judge President Jeannette Traverso in chambers on Tuesday afternoon and she postponed the trial until Monday 20 October.

www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Dewani-trial-postponed-due-to-chickenpox-20141015
« Last Edit: October 17, 2014, 11:16:13 AM by John »
A malicious prosecution for a crime which never existed. An exposé of egregious malfeasance by public officials.
Indeed, the truth never changes with the passage of time.

Offline Holly Goodhead

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #48 on: October 16, 2014, 04:16:06 PM »
I actually dont necessarily disagree with you why would he?

BUT it stinks. I know boring i have said it a few times, i lived in Africa, if you were car jacked they would not leave a witness. The chances are they would have raped the women and even the man and killed and dumped their bodies. IF they are car jackers its rare to find the car left with a body in it.....they are taken away and changed and sold......makes no sense.

It just doesnt sit well with me. We dont know what happened between the two of them on their own. Perhaps she found out and told him she was going to annul when she got home......

No i dont believe they would have left this guy alive to recognise them......it doesnt work that way. IF they kill one they kill them both.

Carjacking is a significant problem in South Africa, where it is called hijacking; there are some roadsigns warning people that certain areas are hotspots. There were 16,000 carjackings in 1998[3] (18 times the American rate per capita), and 60 murders a year resulting from these.]

Like i said if they kill one they kill both. Makes no sense to leave someone....

I've never been to SA and don't know much about the country other than it's a fairly violent place!?

If it was a robbery perhaps it all went wrong!?  That's what the forensics/ballistics seem to indicate!?

What was there to find out?  That he was viewing gay porn and exchanging emails with gay(s)?  She studied engineering at uni (probably more capable than him in circumventing passwords etc) so if she had a mind to snoop thru' his electronic devices I am sure she would have done so prior to agreeing to marry him?!  Given that he spurned her sexually and she discussed this with her cousin she must have been somewhat aware that something may have been amiss?!

People marry for all sorts of reasons and not just 'romantic love'!?  As I said she was young, attractive and well-educated so there was no need for her to sign up to something that didn't suit!?   I am reminded of the judge's words in the OP trial:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-11/oscar-pistorius-not-guilty-of-murder/5737284

Judge Masipa rejected a mass of instant messaging evidence presented by both prosecution and defence to suggest, respectively, that the couple's relationship was on the rocks or loving and strong.

"Normal relationships are dynamic and unpredictable most of the time, while human beings are fickle," she said.

Seems on the surface they were similar:

- Both Hindus
- Both attractive
- He studied accountancy; she studied engineering
- They were part of a group of friends

All seems pretty 'normal'.

 

Just my opinion of course but Jeremy Bamber is innocent and a couple from UK, unknown to T9, abducted Madeleine McCann - motive unknown.

Offline Tim Invictus

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #49 on: October 17, 2014, 12:32:23 AM »
The evidence against Dewani is overwhelming imo. And the fact he tried desperately to avoid court and didn't return to SA for the trials of the men who murdered his wife speaks volumes. 'Asiansubguy' is as guilty as sin!
« Last Edit: October 19, 2014, 01:41:28 PM by John »

Offline lane99

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #50 on: October 17, 2014, 10:41:24 PM »
Yes, there's plenty of reason to believe Asiansubgay is guilty as sin.  And, heaven help us, the level that particular sin reached.  To dupe a beautiful woman like Anni into marrying him, and objectify and exploit her as a means to an end to such an extent that you're willing to arrange for her to be obliterated from existence once she's served your purposes; well, on the scale of ruthlessness and depravity, Dewani's scheme might be hard to beat.

Point of order: it's often been argued that Dewani's attempts to avoid a trial is "very telling" of guilt.  It's not.  And that is a very poor argument.  Be they innocent or guilty, only a fool would subject themselves to a trial if one could be avoided. Trials are not particularly good at distinguishing innocent people from guilty people.  And when an innocent person finds themselves on trial, they are quite liable- despite their innocence- to be falsely convicted.

That said, the means which Dewani used to avoid the trial (dubious claims of mental illness) I do consider telling.  And just another example of what a conniving, manipulative, duplicitous conman he is.
« Last Edit: October 17, 2014, 10:45:46 PM by lane99 »

Offline Holly Goodhead

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #51 on: October 18, 2014, 08:19:40 PM »
Yes, there's plenty of reason to believe Asiansubgay is guilty as sin.  And, heaven help us, the level that particular sin reached.  To dupe a beautiful woman like Anni into marrying him, and objectify and exploit her as a means to an end to such an extent that you're willing to arrange for her to be obliterated from existence once she's served your purposes; well, on the scale of ruthlessness and depravity, Dewani's scheme might be hard to beat.

Point of order: it's often been argued that Dewani's attempts to avoid a trial is "very telling" of guilt.  It's not.  And that is a very poor argument.  Be they innocent or guilty, only a fool would subject themselves to a trial if one could be avoided. Trials are not particularly good at distinguishing innocent people from guilty people.  And when an innocent person finds themselves on trial, they are quite liable- despite their innocence- to be falsely convicted.

That said, the means which Dewani used to avoid the trial (dubious claims of mental illness) I do consider telling.  And just another example of what a conniving, manipulative, duplicitous conman he is.

Interesting post!

May I start by asking is there any particular reason why you changed the thread title/subject in your post from " Shrien Dewani trial commences in Cape town" to "I'm an arrogant, filthy c**ks****r.  Hard to disagree, I'd say".  Hard indeed  8(0(*

I don't know much about the case so have no strong views either way but from what little I do know it seems a bit of a witch hunt!

I assume by "Asiansubgay" you are in fact referring to SD?  If so are you able to bullet point your reasons why you believe he's "as guilty as sin"?  Also I noticed you made reference to "sin" twice in your post.  May I ask what your definition of "sin" is?

The fact SD is bisexual and indulged in gay submissive sex seems to loom large in your mind?  SD admitted to this at the start of his trial.  He also distinguished between his relationships with gay/bisexual males and straight females.  He said his relationships with males were based on sex.  And with females they involved other activities (non-sexual I assume) and emotional attachment. 

SD's lifestyle might not meet with your approval but it isn't actually a crime in the legal sense.

The fact is most men have very powerful sex drives and often go to extraordinary lengths to get these needs met which invariably involve novelty and variety. 

I am reminded of the Milly Dowler case where Milly's father, Bob Dowler, was at one time a suspect.  Apparently MD had found "extreme" pornographic material involving bondage at the family home which she discussed with her mother and friend.  This caused MD some distress.  The loft also contained bondage material eg rubber hood and a ball shaped gag although I don't think MD found this.  It also became known that on the day Milly went missing BD had stopped at a motorway service station and had viewed pornography.  He then went home and performed a sex act on himself.  Despite BD being an initial suspect we all now know that the perpetrator was in fact the notorious Levi Bellfield.  So what I am saying lane99 is that I don't believe much can be read into the fact that SD was bisexual and a frequent visitor to gay/bisexual porn sites. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8517521/Levi-Bellfield-trial-Pornography-made-Milly-Dowlers-father-first-suspect.html

With regard to your "dubious claims of mental illness" how do you square the fact that Xolie Mngeni who was convicted of AD's murder has in the last few hours died of a brain tumour.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29676084
« Last Edit: October 19, 2014, 01:44:25 PM by John »
Just my opinion of course but Jeremy Bamber is innocent and a couple from UK, unknown to T9, abducted Madeleine McCann - motive unknown.

Offline John

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #52 on: October 19, 2014, 01:47:49 PM »
Appears there were many changes going on in the family business with three companies changing their name. After the murder Shrien Dewani's was removed as a director and his share holdings transferred.  This could be seen as a mechanism intended to avoid any potential loss in the event of a pecuniary penalty being applied by the courts.  For sure there appears from the records to be an offshore involvement using a vehicle in Guernsey to obscure who really owned the parent holdings as a part of some tax avoidance scam.  I wonder did Anni find out something she shouldn't have?

https://m.facebook.com/Justice4Anni/posts/272531346131099
« Last Edit: October 20, 2014, 10:48:22 AM by John »
A malicious prosecution for a crime which never existed. An exposé of egregious malfeasance by public officials.
Indeed, the truth never changes with the passage of time.

Offline Holly Goodhead

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #53 on: October 19, 2014, 04:51:26 PM »
SD studied accountancy at UMIST and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte working in the City of London.  He was therefore well placed/qualified to take advantage of any tax avoidance schemes which, although some might baulk at from a moral perspective, are in fact perfectly legal unlike tax evasion. 

I watched the Panorama prog yesterday (many thanks Anna  8((()*/) and I'm now more inclined to see SD as innocent and the victim of a witch hunt.
Just my opinion of course but Jeremy Bamber is innocent and a couple from UK, unknown to T9, abducted Madeleine McCann - motive unknown.

Offline sika

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #54 on: October 19, 2014, 09:36:30 PM »
SD studied accountancy at UMIST and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte working in the City of London.  He was therefore well placed/qualified to take advantage of any tax avoidance schemes which, although some might baulk at from a moral perspective, are in fact perfectly legal unlike tax evasion. 

I watched the Panorama prog yesterday (many thanks Anna  8((()*/) and I'm now more inclined to see SD as innocent and the victim of a witch hunt.
Hi Holly, I remember watching that programme at the time and thinking they did a great job of offering up a defence for him.  I can see him walking free.

Offline Holly Goodhead

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #55 on: October 19, 2014, 10:02:58 PM »
Hi Holly, I remember watching that programme at the time and thinking they did a great job of offering up a defence for him.  I can see him walking free.

Yes the testimony from the UK based forensic and ballistic experts seemed quite compelling.  I wouldn't want him walking though if he's guilty but the case seemed quite flimsy.  I guess we have to trust the SA judicial system.
Just my opinion of course but Jeremy Bamber is innocent and a couple from UK, unknown to T9, abducted Madeleine McCann - motive unknown.

Offline Anna

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #56 on: October 20, 2014, 02:15:29 PM »
Sorry but I cant get this to copy, unless John can help  8**8:/:  New laptop due anytime now..
Cant cope with the tablet thing I bought. 11" not big enough for me.

Live update here..............recap

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/shrien-dewani-trial-recap-updates-4467134
« Last Edit: October 20, 2014, 05:33:06 PM by Anna »
“You should not honour men more than truth.”
― Plato

Offline APRIL

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #57 on: October 20, 2014, 03:15:47 PM »
Really? I didnt read that.
I think he would have felt rather trapped in this marraige if he was more inclined towards the male sex.



Anna HELLO. I think he would have needed the marriage much more than her -indeed, from some of his correspondence with her, he seems desperate for her to be his wife- perhaps because he wanted a cloak of normality. They certainly LOOKED like the perfect couple.

Offline Anna

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #58 on: October 20, 2014, 04:24:45 PM »


Anna HELLO. I think he would have needed the marriage much more than her -indeed, from some of his correspondence with her, he seems desperate for her to be his wife- perhaps because he wanted a cloak of normality. They certainly LOOKED like the perfect couple.

They did look perfect together, but who knows about behind closed doors. wedding dance he looks happy.

“You should not honour men more than truth.”
― Plato

Offline Anna

Re: Shrien Dewani trial commences in Capetown.
« Reply #59 on: October 20, 2014, 05:19:11 PM »
Part 1 court Monday


The trial of millionaire Shrien Dewani today heard his murdered honeymoon bride Anni was 'thinking of divorce' just days before she was killed.

Her husband is accused of conspiring to kill his wife in Cape Town in November 2010, and after a five day break his trial resumed today.

The court heard testimony from her cousin Sneha Mashru, who claims Anni texted her her thoughts about ending the marriage just days after it began.

 

Text messages sent between Anni and her cousin after she arrived in South Africa for the honeymoon were read out to the court.

The message from Anni: "What should I do. I am really trying...."

"She was thinking of getting a divorce," Sneha told the court.

"My intention was if she felt that she couldn't be with him, when she comes back, we could think of options to leave," she said.

 

But medical records shown by the defence revealed Anni was trying to get pregnant before the couple left for their ill-fated honeymoon.

Mrs Mashru insisted the couple had split before their engagement was announced in May 2010 and that her cousin would rather spend time with her than her husband.

The court also heard that the now-disgraced publicist Max Clifford had represented Dewani when the media attention on him intensified.

The trial continues.

 8:14 am The trial of Shrien Dewani - the British millionaire accused of plotting the murder of his honeymoon bride - resumes today.

Anni Dewani was shot dead in a carjacking days into the couple's honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

Three local men were convicted of her murder and jailed for life.

Shrien Dewani, 34, came back to the UK but was later extradited back to South Africa accused of orchestrating the killing.

The care home business owner, from Bristol, denies the charges.

The trial was halted last week after one of the prosecution lawyers fell ill with chicken pox.

We will bring you all the latest live updates from court today as the trial continues.

  8:15 am The two week trial has heard that Dewani was trying to escape from his marriage and considered how to call it off and “coming out” as a man who slept with the same sex as well as women.

It was alleged that he surfed gay websites less than 48 hours after she died.

But Dewani strongly denies being involved in any way in Anni’s death and said they were ambushed by two robbers while on honeymoon.

He has told police he was released along with Tongo before Anni was murdered.

Today we expect Anni’s cousin Sneha Mishru to tell the court of Anni’s unhappiness with Shrien and how he allegedly tried to control her.

  8:17 am Anni Dewani killer has died in prison

Getty 
Xolile Mngeni   

Over the weekend, the gunman who shot and murdered honeymoon bride Anni Dewani died in prison.

Xolile Mngeni, 26, was serving a life sentence for shooting dead 28-year-old Anni on her honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

He had been suffering from a brain tumour, and died in the hospital wing of Cape Town prison.

Prosecution and defence lawyers now face revising their cases as Mngeni would have been a witness, if his health had allowed.

Earlier this summer, he had tried to gain an early release from prison as his brain tumour left him close to death.

  8:36 am Anni's cousin in court
The key figures in today's hearing have begun gathering in court this morning as the Shrien Dewani trial resumes.

Anni's cousin Sneha Mashru is at the trial today, and is being briefed at the witness box before proceedings officially get underway.

Prosecutor Shareen Riley is also now back in court according to reporter Leigh-Anne Jansen


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews Anni's cousin and confidante, Sneha Mashru has arrived. She's been briefed at the witness box

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  8:44 am Trial resuming after illness
The murder trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani was halted last Tuesday because a prosecution lawyer has chicken pox.

Dewani's case, which is expected to last two months, has only been heard on four and a half days since it began two weeks ago and when it resumes today more than five days will have been missed.

During the last hearing last week, the judge gave a strong indication that Dewani's bisexuality has little relevance to his murder charge, despite detectives saying it drove him to murder his wife Anni.

  8:51 am Sexuality 'irrelevant'
Last week the judge dismissed the evidence of a British police officer as it was about to be presented regarding email exchanges of a sexual nature between an unnamed man and the defendant who is accused of murdering Anni.

The prosecution has presented its case mainly on Dewani’s sexuality and how it allegedly led him to kill Anni in a staged hijacking of a taxi they were travelling in.

The Bristol-based care home owner revealed his bisexuality on the first day of his trial at Western Cape Court and admitted sleeping with male prostitutes in a calculated move to head off the prosecution case.

But speaking last week Judge Jeanette Traverso told the court:” Whether he is bisexual or gay does not matter. It is irrelevant.”

  8:53 am Defence counsel arrives this morning
We are still waiting for today's proceedings to get under way, but Shrien Dewani's team is now in court.

The Dewani family are also taking their seats.

TV screens are being set up so we may well get some footage shown to the court today.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews TV screens being set up. Seems some footage will be shown.

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:03 am Hearing resumes
The hearing has now resumed after a break of five days.

The state calls Sun reporter, Nick Parker.

Parker has been been a journalist for 26 years and will be testifying in the trial this morning.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews Journalist, Nick Parker is in court. He, along with Sneha, is expected to testify today.

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


 

  9:06 am Interview with Dewani at Max Clifford too
On November 22, Parker interviewed Dewani at the offices of disgraced publicist Max Clifford in the UK.

Dewani was accompanied by his brother and a female relative the court has heard.

The Interview lasted about one hour and 20 minutes, was recorded and transcribed and a copy has been handed to the court.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews On November 22, Parker interviewed Dewani at the offices of Max Clifford in the UK

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:08 am Dewani 'distressed'
Parker has told the court Dewani appeared 'obviously upset' during the interview but initially he was 'reasonably calm'.

He became quite distressed as the interview progressed the trial hears.

Dewani spoke about the events of November 13th, and his relationship with Anni.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews Spoke about his sexuality but requested the recorder be turned off

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:10 am African night life
Dewani detailed his discussions with taxi driver Tongo and dinner at the Surfside restaurant during the interview with the UK journalist.

The accused spoke about a conversation about African dancing and how Anni wanted to see African night life.

Anni wanted to do an African dance at a family member's baby shower, the court hears.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews Dewani explained that he had the money and his wife had the cellphones

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:14 am Request for interview to stop
The interview does not make any reference to Shrien Dewani asking Tongo to organise a helicopter trip.

The only reference to a helicopter was the police helicopter being sent out to search for the vehicle.

Parker advised Dewani that there is talk that he is gay. Preyen (his brother) asks that the recording be stopped.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews Parker advises SD that there is talk that he is gay. Preyen (brother) asks that the recording be stopped

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:15 am Sun receives solicitor's letter from Dewani
Parker also interviewed the German Leopold Leisser in December 2010. Two articles were published.

"As a journalist, one tries to verify the story, and give an opportunity to respond," Parker tells the court.

Parker provided Max Clifford with the information, for him to respond. Clifford was Dewani's publicist at the time.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews The newspaper then received a letter from solicitors, acting on SD's behalf. Letter dated 14 December 2010

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:19 am Escort 'invented' story
After reviewing the content, the newspaper decided to publish the story anyway.

The response was that Dewani was at the gym or with his family at those times.

The solicitors said Leisser had invented the account of the his experiences with Dewani.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews In the letter, SD denies having contact with Leisser, phone numbers, email addresses

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:21 am Anonymous tip offs
The witness Nick Parker is now being cross examined by the defence's Van Zyl.

Van Zyl: "The second to last paragraph, you are transcribed as having said 'I'm sure you're aware of this in the SA papers'.... That you have had some sinister motive?

"Would it be fair to say there were rumours?"

Parker: "Yes and we received anonymous tip offs."

  9:23 am Financial difficulty
Van Zyl: "Would it be fair to say that at that stage, newspapers were reporting in South Africa, rumours that Shrien Dewani was involved?"

Parker: "As I understand, yes."

Van Zyl now hands Parker, a UK newspaper article in which it's reported that Dewani's company was in financial difficulty.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews VZ: That was a report on Friday (2010). NP: Yes. VZ: And rumours that he was somehow involved. NP: Yes

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:25 am Max Clifford's involvement
Van Zyl: "Who was Mr. Max Clifford?"

Parker: "Mr. Dewani's PR consultant."

Van Zyl: "Did he represent the business?"

Parker: "I have no idea."

Van Zyl: "People like him are hired to do damage control."

  9:28 am Dewani highly emotional
Van Zyl: "You were contacted by Mr. Clifford's office to conduct interview with accused."

Parker: "Yes."

Van Zyl: "You told the court about the accused's demeanour during this interview."

Parker: "Yes."

Van Zyl: "Would it be fair to say that he became highly emotional?"

Parker: "Yes."


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews VZ: You wrote an article on 8/12.2010, after SD's arrest and you informed your readers of your impression at the time

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:32 am Dewani meeting with Anni's family
Defence lawyer Van Zyl is reading Parker's article out to the court.

Cape Town journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen describes Dewani as 'appearing calm today', after previous emotional breakdowns during the trial.

Van Zyl asks if Parker was aware that before his meeting with Dewani, Shrien had a meeting with Anni's family.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews NP: NO. VZ: He will say that the animosity was clear to him. He blamed himself.

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:34 am Accused letter
Van Zyl: "He did not tell them about the money he had with him and that was the reason they were attacked.

"And that is why he didn't mention that fact to you.

"The letter from the solicitors. The accused will tell the court that the letter was not written on his instruction."

  9:38 am German story
Van Zyl tells the court that the Shrien will say the letter was written after instruction from his brother Preyen.

Parker's phone rang during the interview just as Dewani was talking about the money, the court hears.

Van Zyl asked if the German went to the Mirror with the story before The Sun, but the reporter didn't know.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews VZ: Is it correct that Mr. Leisser first went to the Daily Mirror with the story. NP: I don't know

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:42 am Cost of the story
Van Zyl: "Are you aware that Mr. Pharo (Leisser's agent) contacted your boss with the story?"

Parker: "I don't know."

Van Zyl: Usually, they expect payment for such a story.

Parker: "Usually."

Van Zyl: "Does £30,000 ring a bell?"

Parker: "Can't recall."

Van Zyl: "It would be fair that if the agent was involved, they would've wanted money?"

Parker: "Yes."

Van Zyl: "Once an agreement was reached between the agent and your boss, I presume your boss told you about the story?"

  9:43 am Max Clifford contact
Van Zyl: "When you wrote the story, you didn't contact the accused, but contacted Max Clifford?"

Parker: "Yes."

Van Zyl: "You never contacted the accused personally."

Parker: "Mr. Clifford was his publicist. All media had to go through him."

  9:46 am Phone messages
Parker was in Cape Town a week after the killing, the court hears.

He tried to contact the taxi driver Zola Tongo, but couldn't remember if he had left messages on his phone.

Parker was working with another man, journalist Mike Behr.

A transcript of messages left on the phone of a Nombaza Tuswa are handed into court.

  9:52 am Buying comments
Van Zyl says one message indicated that there were whispers of his involvement and giving the right of reply.

The lawyer asks Parker if he offered money for Tuswa to speak to him, something the reporter denies.

Van Zyl suggests someone in the media offered 1,500 rand (£83) for the interview.


#DewaniTrial @eNCAnews VZ: Were there other members of the media? NP: Not when I was there but everyone was chasing the story

— Leigh-Anne Jansen (@LA_JANSEN) October 20, 2014


  9:57 am Anni's cousin takes stand
Parker tells the court the solicitor's letter about the German's story was sent to the newspaper's legal department.

And that's it for Parker, no further questions and the witness steps down.

Now the state is calling Anni's cousin, Sneha Mashru.

  10:02 am Cousin's photo
Sneha Mashru, left in the picture below, is now on the stand.

A Swedish interpreter is in court in case she needs one

Shareen Riley will be questioning the witness.

Shrien 'clenches his jaw' in court, Cape Town reporter Leigh-Anne Jansen says.

 
Anni with her cousin Sneha Mashru, who is one of the main prosecution witnesses   

  10:04 am Grew up together
The interpreter has been sworn in and the testimony has begun. 

Sneha is Anni's first cousin. 

They grew up together. A year difference in their ages.

They went to the same high school and grew up in the same town.

 
“You should not honour men more than truth.”
― Plato