Second man arrested in S.Africa honeymoon murder

18th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police in South Africa have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of a Swedish newlywed on her honeymoon in Cape Town, national police Commissioner Bheki Cele said Thursday.

Cele spoke to journalists shortly after 26-year-old Xolile Mngeni, the first suspect arrested in the case, made a brief appearance in a Cape Town court and had his case postponed.

Cele said police might arrest "one or two more" suspects as investigations continue, the Sapa news agency reported.

Mngeni and his co-accused, whose name was not released, are accused of abducting 28-year-old Anni Dewani and her British husband Shrien Dewani on the outskirts of Cape Town last Saturday.

The hijackers released the 31-year-old husband, but his wife's body was later found in an impoverished township neighbourhood southeast of central Cape Town.

Mngeni has been charged with murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances, prosecutors said.

His case was postponed to November 25 to allow time for a public aid lawyer to be appointed to represent him.

Like Mngeni, the man whose arrest was announced Thursday is a 26-year-old resident of Khayelitsha, a poor area near where Dewani's body was found, Cele said.

He said police have recovered two cell phones, a bangle and a watch linking the hijacking to the two men already arrested.

He said the post mortem investigation did not uncover evidence of a sexual assault.

© 2010 AFP

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