His defense played a clever game and it paid off, he walked.
All long he denied he was gay, right up the the opening minute of the trial.
team knew the prosecution would bring up his sexuality as a motive for
having his wife killed, and, given his culture, it was a big no no.
this, the defense decided they would pull the rug from under the
prosecutions feet by having him admit , albeit minimising, his sexuality.
than admit he was homosexual with no interest of any kind in women
(plus it would also show why he cancelled his first engagement) they
minimised it to him being bisexual, (though i would like to know if he
has had sex with a woman or even got to first or second base with one)
a stroke, it meant all the evidence which pointed to his sexuality and
thus a whopping big motive for murder was stopped dead.
male lovers, the texts, the visiting of gay dating. contact sites was
ruled irrelevant and thus not heard nor open to cross examination.
meant that Anni who it is clear had learned of his sexual orientation
would tell not only her family but his family as well and the resultant
shame etc that would come from him being outed.
It also meant she would likely sue him for divorce ( although how that would work out since they weren't legally married AFAIK).
also meant that should she walk away, both he and his family would be
liable to repay a huge chunk of money to her family for the cost of the
Him being outed would bring cultural shame on his family and also would result in a large payout to Anni and her family.
admitting to being bisexual, he pretty much ended a huge chunk of the
prosecutions case, he and his team stopped a huge part of the motive
being introduced and cross examined.
Given this, it was not unexpected the case would fail since legally there was no motive.
His motives were shame to himself and his family for being gay and he had to stop that happening.
Being gay was his dirty little secret.
was the money side of things - he could face a huge payout for the cost
of the wedding and also compensation to Anni ( also likely a payoff to
keep her quiet about his sexual preferences)
Sex and money are pretty big motives.
Take them away and there were only the words of those who did the deed.
knew he was safe when his defense team said he would take the stand,
promised he would take the stand to explain everything away.
They knew without the sex and money motives the case would be tossed.
CCTV was incriminating in that. given the guy was the driver in the taxi
that his wife was driven off in and subsequently murdered, why would
he contact the guy and pay him money owed?
Normal and expected behavior would be you wouldn't pay money owed, you would be demanding the police arrest the guy.
Even his initial statements as revealed by independent witnesses showed he was deceptive.
His suit was immaculate, not dirty or ruffled or messy as if dragged out a car and thrown into the dust.
His inital words to a witness were polite and showed no haste or anger or fear.
said to me, “Excuse me, is there a nearby police station where I can
report a hijack because my wife and I were hijacked”, ’ said Mr
Shrien dewani arranged for his wife to be murdered so he could continue with his seedy lifestyle.
I just hope her family can file a civil suit against him.
Since SA has double jeopardy, he could now stand and declare his guilt, his involvement and he could not be retried.
If he does, he would wait until any civil suit had been dealt with.