Is Dewani Gay?
Is Shrien Dewani secretly gay? And might that have been a motive for him to have his newly-wed wife Anni killed in South Africa? That is the question dominating the upcoming return of the Bristol businessman to his extradition hearings.
Dewani denies that he is homosexual as firmly as he denies that he plotted to have his wife murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town last November. “One of the big talks we had on honeymoon was about starting a family,” he has said.
But the rumour refuses to go away and Channel 4 broadcasted a documentary, Murder on Honeymoon, which says South African police have been working on the theory that Dewani led a gay double life and paid for his wife to be killed after she threatened to end their marriage.
The C4 film claims that Shrien Dewani did not sleep with Anni before they married. That can be put down to his being a “good Hindu”. But they didn’t have sex on their wedding night either – with Anni sleeping alone on a sofa after a big row.
British police are investigating claims that he regularly visited a south London gay fetish club for sex. A professional man in his 50s claims he has seen Dewani at The Hoist in Vauxhall several times. To get into The Hoist, clubbers must be dressed in leather or rubber. The membership fee is £30.
The emergence of this witness follows a claim earlier this year by a German male prostitute called Leopold Leisser – also known as the German Master – that Dewani had talked to him about finding a way out of his engagement. Mr Dewani stated that he had never had sex with a man before, and that the self styled 39-year old UK based male escourt “German Master”, who alleged that Shrien Dewani paid him for sex, is mistaken.
As result, the family of Anni Dewani – or Anni Hindocha as she was – have apparently discussed whether Shrien Dewani might have been gay.
“If you talk about the gay rumours, I don’t think Anni ever knew,” Ami Denborg, Anni’s elder sister, told the media at her home in Stockholm. “There are a lot of rumours and a lot of accusations, and if it’s true, that would have been the perfect motive, I would say. If it’s not true, then I don’t know why.”
Denborg made it clear that it had never occurred to Anni’s family that she might be marrying a homosexual until after the murder took place and rumours started circulating. But she did confirm that, for whatever reason, two weeks before the wedding in Mumbai last summer Anni had tried to break it off, “throwing the ring back” at Shrien Dewani.
When Anni phoned her sister in Stockholm to tell her, Denborg persuaded her not to cancel the wedding, reassuring her it was just a case of pre-wedding nerves. “It was too close to the wedding,” said Denborg. “All the guests had booked their tickets.”
I tried to persuade her to go back to him and maybe I shouldn’t have.”
THE GERMAN MASTER
Leisser said he saw lots of married men in his line of work. He has told of three sexual encounters with Shrien. The last a month before Shrien and Anni got engaged. He even spoke about Anni to Leisser. He told Leopold Leisser that “she was a nice lovely girl, and that he liked her.” He could not break out of the engagement in any way because he would be disowned by his family.
This would provide sufficient motivation but motivation is not evidence in itself. Whether he is gay or bisexual medical records from the honeymoon shows that the couple were actively trying for a baby.
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