‘Brit-Indian honeymooner’s wife was ’shot dead accidentally’ by her abductor’December 19th, 2010 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 19 (ANI): Anni Dewani, the newly wedded wife of Brit-Indian millionaire who was killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town last month, was ’shot dead accidentally’ by her abductor as he tried to rape her, according to expert evidence commissioned by her husband’s legal team.
According to The Telegraph, lawyers will argue that the analysis disproves the theory that Anni was killed by hitmen hired by her husband Shrien Dewani.
Expert advice from ballistics and forensics experts commissioned by Dewani’s defence team apparently shows that the single bullet which killed Anni passed first through her hand and then into her neck, severing an artery.
The post mortem also shows Anni’s killer had at one stage grabbed her leg, suggesting she may have struggled and that the gun may have gone off accidentally.
The paper quoted a legal source as saying that there is a clear “grip mark on her lower leg” and the wound does not look like an “execution style one”.
“It looks like the gun could have been accidentally discharged in circumstances where they were threatening to rape her,” the source added.
The evidence gathered by Dewani’s legal team will be used in the British courts to try and block South Africa’s attempts to extradite the 30-year-old businessman.
Earlier Dewani, who was accused of conspiring to have his wife killed in Cape Town, was released from Wandsworth Prison in south London by Justice Ouseley under conditions of electronic tagging, home curfew and having to report to the police daily.
Currently three men are in custody in South Africa for allegedly murdering Anni, including the couple’s taxi driver, Zola Tongo, 31. (ANI)
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