Dewani denies honeymoon murder plot

WESTERN CAPE - British businessman Shrien Dewani has formally pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010.

Mr Dewani, from Bristol, is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife Anni.

The couple were held at gunpoint while being driven in a taxi through Gugulethu township near Cape Town.

Mr Dewani, 34, was thrown from the car. The body of Mrs Dewani, 28, was found the next day in the abandoned taxi with a single gunshot wound to the neck.

In Western Cape Crown Court, Mr Dewani faces five charges including murder and lying about the circumstances of Anni's death.

Through defence lawyer Francois Van Zyl, Mr Dewani also said he has "had sexual interaction with both males and females".

"I consider myself to be bisexual," the court was told.

The court also heard of a volatile relationship between the newlyweds, including an "angry disagreement" in May 2010.

A letter sent later from Mr Dewani said "I really do love you. Want to be with you forever."

But Anni wanted to call off the wedding claiming Mr Dewani was "too controlling".

"We really frustrated each other, we were in love," Mr Dewani said through his lawyer.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the trial, Anni's father Vinod Hindocha said he wanted answers from his estranged son-in-law.

"I'm back in Cape Town today where my daughter was killed four years ago," he said.

"Now that I'm here, all I ask for is the full story and justice.

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