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Murderer tells court of 'Dewani hijack plot' UK WORLD &.

Byline: Ryan Hooper newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

ACONVICTED hitman allegedly hired to kill the wife of honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani said he was told to stage a hijacking-gone-wrong in which the British husband was unharmed.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 29, came face to face with Anni Dewani's family as he told the Western Cape High Court in South Africa: "There was a husband who wanted his wife to be killed."

Qwabe was contacted by Zola Tongo, the Dewanis' taxi driver in Cape Town, the day before the killing.

The witness, already serving a 25-year sentence for his role in the murder, demanded a fee of 15,000 rand (around PS830) for the attack on the 28-year-old bride, having been told by Tongo: "Somebody needs to be killed."

It came as a record of agreed facts in the case released by the court showed that Dewani, who has revealed he is bisexual, was browsing the same-sex dating website Gaydar, and Recon - described as "the world's largest hook-up for gay men into fetish sex, leather and gear" - during his honeymoon and within days of his wife's death.

The admissions show Dewani was logged into Gaydar while waiting with his new bride for a flight to Cape Town. He also logged on to Gaydar three times on November 15 and November 16 - each time for nearly an hour - as well as Recon twice on those days.

The admissions also disclosed that members of the victim's family recorded a conversation with Dewani in the wake of her death.

Standing in the witness box and seeing Dewani for the first time since the murder, Qwabe said he was concentrating on the road while fellow assassin Xolile Mngeni killed Mrs Dewani. The pair later split the cash before Qwabe went for a night out "socialising".

He told the court: "On the Friday (November 12 2010) I received a call from Monde (Molombe, a friend). He told me that there was a job that needed to be done.

"(Tongo) subsequently told me somebody wanted somebody to be killed. Do I know anyone? "He asked what we needed. I said 15,000 (rand)."

Asked by prosecutor Adrian Mopp to explain what happened on the day of the murder, Qwabe said: "There was a husband who wanted his wife to be killed.

"Anni would be killed and it needed to look like a hijacking. Nothing would happen to the husband and Zola (Tongo)."

Prosecutors say Dewani hatched a plot to kill his bride because he wanted out of the marriage.

The 34-year-old businessman, from Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol, said he could be controlling and intense, but he maintained that he and his wife were in love with each other.

Qwabe, from the Khayelitsha township where Mrs Dewani's body was found on November 14 2010, has confessed to murder, kidnapping, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.

The trial will resume today.

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