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Anni Dewani: Coroner rules out full UK inquest

  • 9 October 2015
  • From the section England
Shrien and Anni Dewani Image copyright Facebook
Image caption Shrien Dewani was cleared of organising the murder of his wife Anni while on honeymoon

A coroner has ruled he "does not have sufficient cause" to open a full inquest into the death of Anni Dewani, who was killed on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

A murder case against her husband Shrien Dewani, from Bristol, was thrown out by a South African judge last year.

Three South African men were given jail terms for their role in her death.

Mrs Dewani's family had asked for an inquest to resume, claiming there were still unanswered questions.

But senior coroner Andrew Walker, at North London Coroners' Court, said he did not have sufficient cause to resume an inquest.

"In these proceedings, the matter will now rest," he said.

"The fact that there are differing accounts of how Mrs Dewani came by her death does not, in my view, mean that the matters have not already been sufficiently established in public proceedings."

He said he was "prohibited" from reaching a conclusion which was inconsistent with the findings of the South African courts, and added if new evidence came to light it would be up to Mrs Dewani's family to ask the Attorney General to reopen the matter.

Shrien Dewani, 34, did not appear at the court. Instead he sent a letter to the court for Mrs Dewani's family to read.


Timeline

  • 13 November 2010 - Shrien and Anni Dewani are kidnapped at gunpoint while on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr Dewani is released unharmed, but Mrs Dewani's body is found on the back seat of their taxi the following day
  • 8 December 2010 - Mr Dewani is arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder his new bride.
  • 3 March 2014 - Mr Dewani loses his appeal against extradition to South Africa.
  • 6 October 2014 - His trial begins at the Western Cape High Court.
  • 8 December 2014 - A judge throws out the case against Mr Dewani, stating the prosecution evidence fell "far below the threshold".
  • 9 October 2015 - A coroner rules there is "no sufficient cause to resume an inquest" into the death in the UK.

Speaking outside the court, Mrs Dewani's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said the family still needed questions answering to allow them "to move on with their lives".

"This battle is not over. We need answers," he said.

Mr Hindocha also called for Mr Dewani to "speak up".

"This is not a legal court, he should have just come here and said 'Look, this is what happened'," he added.

Anni Dewani, 28, was shot dead after the newly-married couple were hijacked during a late-night tour through Gugulethu township near Cape Town in November 2010.

Mr Dewani was released unharmed, but Mrs Dewani's body was found on the back seat of their taxi the following day.

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