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Honeymoon murder: Hubby offered 1,300 pounds to Brit-Indian bride's killers

December 7, 2010 - London

A British Indian businessman whose wife was shot dead in a carjacking while on honeymoon in South Africa has been publicly accused of plotting her murder. ccording to The Telegraph, Shrien Dewani allegedly offered his taxi driver 1,300 pounds to have his newlywed wife Anni killed, the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town has heard.

State prosecutor Rodney de Kock outlined the case implicating his son in law.

The dramatic twist came as de Kock finally outlined the terms of a plea bargain deal agreed with Zola Tongo, the taxi driver hired by Dewani to drive the couple around on November 13.

He told Judge President John Hlophe: "The deceased was murdered at the instance of her husband.

Dewani's spokesman, Max Clifford, indicated yesterday that his client understood that the accusation would be made but insisted it had "absolutely no substance".

Mr Dewani, 30, and his Swedish, 28-year-old wife of just two weeks, were hijacked on the evening of Saturday Nov 13, just a few days into their luxury South African honeymoon.

They were driving back to their five star hotel in central Cape Town when they agreed to take a detour through Gugulethu, which is one of Cape Town's most impoverished townships.

But within three minutes of leaving the motorway, two gunmen hijacked the taxi with the couple still inside.

According to Dewani, after they had robbed the couple of all their valuables, the men kicked him out of the taxi.

His wife's body was discovered several hours later in the back of the abandoned taxi. She had been shot in the neck.

Three men have so far been arrested in connection with the incident. They are the 31-year-old driver plus Xolile Mngeni, 23 and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25.


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