Inside honeymoon murder of Anni Dewani – from gay husband to horror hijacking

It had only been a few weeks when Anni Dewani had been celebrating her wedding nuptials to her husband Shrien Dewani, when her life was tragically taken and he was spared.

Anni, 28, was brutally murdered in the backseat of her taxi in a horror hijacking that took place during the couple's honeymoon in South Africa.

The newly-wed couple, from Bristol, were kidnapped at gunpoint in Gugulethu, near Cape Town but Mr Dewani was released unharmed.

One day later, the 28-year-old was found dead in the backseat of the taxi after she was killed with one gunshot to the head in November 2010.

The case, which sparked mass devastation worldwide, included many twists and turns which led to sex confessions and heartbreak as Anni's family tried to seek the truth.

Her millionaire husband was accused of plotting her murder with taxi driver Zola Tongo, with Shrien accused of paying him and two accomplices, but he was cleared at a trial in 2014.

The middleman who organised the killing, Monde Mbolombo, broke down in tears as he recalled the tragic events leading up to her murder in a new documentary.

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He was granted immunity from prosecution for testifying that he played a "leading role" in the killing in the Capetown trial, reports The Guardian.

The hotel worker admitted that he put the taxi driver in touch with two township criminals to carry out the murder, and said he was "very much in charge" of the fatal hijack plot.

Three men were jailed for life for kidnap and murder and Mr Diwani claimed that he had been framed.

During the court case, the millionaire was exposed for trawling homosexual hook-up sites in the days before and after her death.

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It was also reported that he logged on to gay dating site Gaydar while he and Anni waited to board their dream getaway trip.

One year after the court case, her devastated father Vinod Hindocha plead with Mr Dewani to give an explanation as to why he married his daughter if he was gay.

Mr Hindocha told Sky News: "Why did he marry Anni if he is gay, why did he take her to South Africa on honeymoon, why did he leave her alone to die?

"We just want answers, so we can begin the mourning process. Shrien owes us that."

In September 2016, his gay lover Leopold Leisser was found dead inside his home after he had hanged himself reportedly at a time when he felt stress from the court case.

The former prostitute, who was a key witness in the 2014 trial, previously gave evidence where he said he had been paid £400 per sex session with Mr Dewani before his wedding, including role play and S&M reports BirminghamLive.

He was known by people in the sex industry as “The German Master” and told the court at the time that the millionaire contacted him through his website.

Judge Jeanette Traverso said Leisser's testimony was dismissed as irrelevant to the trial as Dewani already admitted to the court he was bisexual.

Following the news of his death, Anni's uncle Ashok Hindocha said Mr Leisser was "the only one who knew him who was prepared to give evidence against him," the Daily Mail reported in 2016.

Mr Hinocha said at the time: "We met this man in Cape Town during the trial of Shrien Dewani. He wanted to tell the court the truth of what he knew.

"He told us of the things that Dewani paid him to do and what he had said to him."

"We don't know what caused him to hang himself but that would have been a huge burden on a man who had gone all the way to South Africa and then got stopped from telling what he knew," he added.

Last year, on the tenth anniversary of his wife's death he was pictured leaving his £3.5million London flat dressed in gym wear.

He declined to comment on the 10th anniversary at the time.

*A new documentary exploring the killing is called Anni: The Honeymoon Murder and can now be watched on Discovery+.

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