Man acquitted of murdering bride on honeymoon

A BRITISH millionaire has been acquitted of murdering his wife on their honeymoon in Capetown, South Africa.

Shrien Dewani, 34, allegedly hired hitmen to kill his 28-year-old bride in a staged hijacking because he was a gay man who felt trapped into marriage by his family.

The driver of the hijacked taxi and one of the hijackers, who are both serving long jail terms for the murder, testified that Mr Dewani hired them for 15,000 rand ($A1,600) to kill his wife.


Despite these witness accounts, a South African judge acquitted Dewani saying there was not enough evidence to secure a conviction.

Judge Jeannette Traverso said evidence given by taxi driver Zola Tonga that implicated Mr Dewani in a murder plot was “highly improbable”.

The dead brides family left Western Cape High Court in shock.

“Today we feel as a family that the justice system has failed us.”