Fortnight before Dewani finds out if he’ll walk free
BRITISH businessman Shrien Dewani will have to wait nearly two weeks to hear whether his application to be discharged of killing his wife has been successful.
Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso said yesterday she would deliver a ruling on December 8, unless she let the parties know otherwise.
“I obviously want to take time to consider the conclusions to which I will come,” she said.
Dewani’s legal team brought the application last week in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which opened up the way for a discharge if the court believed there was no credible evidence at the close of the State’s case.
The defence presented its argument on Monday and the State yesterday.
As prosecutor Adrian Mopp was bringing his argument to a close, Judge Traverso asked if he agreed that their case rested on a single witness with regard to a conspiracy to kill Anni Dewani.
Mopp agreed that shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo, as an accomplice witness, was the only person who had communicated with Dewani.
Judge Traverso said he was an unsatisfactory witness, even conceded to by the State.
“Not so unsatisfactory as to draw a line through the rest of the evidence,” Mopp replied.
The judge said the legal test was that there had to be corroboration implicating the accused, which did not seem to be present in this case.