A BUSINESSMAN wanted in South Africa over the honeymoon murder of his wife in a taxi is now terrified of travelling by car, his lawyer told a court today.
• Dewani’s 28-year-old wife Anni was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.
• Lawyer Clare Montgomery told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that he is a “husk of a man”
• She said that he cannot travel by car as he has a severe reaction
Shrien Dewani is currently being treated in a secure mental health hospital for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) so he can be extradited to face the charges.
Dewani’s 28-year-old wife Anni, who was from Sweden, was shot when a taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.
His lawyer, Clare Montgomery, today told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that the symptoms he is suffering have worsened, rendering him a “husk of a man”.
She said: “He cannot travel by car as he has a severe reaction, he doesn’t want to get into a travelling car or go outside.
“He doesn’t even want to go to the shops on his own,” she added as the conditions of his bail were discussed.
“In his current state it is unthinkable he would be able to plan any escape, let alone effect one.”