Anni Dewani murder accused, Xolile Mngeni, has for the first time in the trial made a number of admissions relating to the tourist's murder. Mngeni's lawyer today handed in the list of admissions following testimony from a cellphone expert in the Western Cape High Court.
In the list handed to the court, Mngeni says there's a number of admissions he is now prepared to make. This includes that the deceased in the matter is indeed Anni Dewani, that the watch, bracelet and Blackberry recovered during the investigation did indeed belong to her, and also that he won't dispute that certain cellphone evidence presented to court is indeed as was testified by expert witnesses.
This is in stark contract to the start of the trial when he said he would not make any admissions, and that even the identity of the deceased would be in dispute. This meant that the state had to painstakingly lead all evidence relating to the murder and call a number of expert and lay witnesses. State advocate Adrian Mopp has indicated that the state will now only have to call five more witnesses before wrapping up its case.
Anni Dewani was murdered in an apparent hijacking in November 2010 while on honeymoon in Cape Town. Her husband Shrien, who is fighting extradition to South Africa, is the alleged mastermind behind her murder.