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4 things you need to know about the past week’s Dewani Trial proceedings

1. Hotel receptionist Monde Mbolombo played a leading role in the plot to kill Anni Dewani.

Mbolombo was, initially, described as merely a middleman. The Defence, however, believed from the start that he played a more central role in the alleged murderous conspiracy.

During cross-examination Mbolombo admitted taking a leading role in ensuring the murder went as planned and expected R5000 for his trouble.

Mbolombo claims to have asked shuttle driver Zola Tongo to organise gloves for the hit man. He also says that he called the hit man numerous times and urged him to go ahead that night after the initial plan to kill Anni Dewani earlier in the evening failed.

The Defence claims this is proof that Mbolombo was in charge.

2. Detectives overlooked vital evidence.

Captain Paul Hendrickse, the detective assigned to investigate Anni Dewani’s murder, was forced to concede some obvious omissions in his investigation.

It’s now clear that the results of gun residue tests performed on a yellow kitchen glove one of the hit men wore were overlooked. In other words, when Xolile Mngeni went on trial in 2012, police didn’t have the gunshot residue information.

3. Intimate email exchanges showed cracks in the newlyweds’ relationship.

Anni Dewani laid her feelings bare in an email exchange after getting married, mere days before leaving for South Africa. She was very upset about an argument they had in which Shrien said that he would’ve never married her if he knew it would be like it was. She struggled to understand how he could be so mean and threatened to pack up and leave. She said she didn’t want an insecure husband.

Shrien said she misunderstood and that he loved her.

4. The judge lambasted Prosecution for still “scurrying” around for witnesses and last minute evidence for which they requested a break in proceedings.

The expert Prosecution found to give evidence on gun residue found on a glove used by one of Anni Dewani's killers was not an authority on the subject and a replacement wasn’t immediately available.

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