Honeymoon death husband Shrien Dewani to remain on bail

  • 15 March 2011
  • From the section Bristol
Shrien Dewani arriving in court on 24 February
Image caption Mr Dewani's wife died in November, two weeks after their wedding

A Bristol man accused of ordering the murder of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa can remain on bail.

Shrien Dewani was told by Belmarsh Magistrates the bail extension was on condition he admits himself to hospital in Bristol and agrees to be examined by a psychiatrist instructed by the government of South Africa.

His wife Anni, 28, was found shot dead in Cape Town after being kidnapped.

The next hearing will be on 23 March at City of London Magistrates.

Mr Dewani was told he does not need to attend that hearing.

A full extradition hearing will be on 3 May and will last for three days.

'Suicide attempt'

Mr Dewani had been on bail at his home in Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol but the South African authorities, who want to extradite him, asked that he be taken into custody after what was thought to be a suicide attempt last month.

Lawyers for both sides agreed the care home owner, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome, should be admitted to the Priory Hospital in Bristol.

He remains subject to a £250,000 bail and strict conditions including a curfew and the requirement that he report daily to a nearby police station.

Mrs Dewani, from Sweden, had been married to Mr Dewani 31, for two weeks when she was killed.

The couple's taxi was hijacked on 13 November in Cape Town as they travelled through the Gugulethu township.

Mrs Dewani's body was later found in the abandoned car. Mr Dewani had been released unharmed.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, and Xolile Mngeni, 23, are charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The trial of Mr Qwabe and Mr Mngeni has been postponed until 1 June for further investigation.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, 31, from Bothasig, Cape Town, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites