The State v Shrien Prakash Dewani (A Tapestry Unravels)
The author, Brenda Wardle is at home with the setting of this brilliant work of non-fiction. Wardle, a Doctor of Laws student interrogating ‘The Presumption of Innocence and The Burden of Proof,’ in this book, delves beyond the obvious weighing the pros and cons of criminal trials which take place at different stages. Wardle examines the Section 105A Plea and Sentencing Agreements in the trial. More
Anni Ninna Dewani (née Hindocha), a Swedish woman of Indian descent who hails from Mariestad in Sweden, was brutally murdered on 13 November 2010, whilst on honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa. Hijackers, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni; hotel receptionist, Monde Mbolombo; taxi driver, Zola Tongo and Anni’s husband Shrien Dewani, all stood trial for the murder and the hijacking. In ‘The State versus Shrien Prakash Dewani (The Tapestry Unravels)’, the author, Brenda Wardle, a legal scholar of international repute, interrogates, with meticulous precision, the finer details of a criminal case which shocked not only South Africa, but the entire world. Wardle compartmentalizes the inconsistencies, dissects the improbabilities and isolates the contradictions neatly. She sets these aside until the very last chapter where, she weaves them into an intelligible, inferential whole. The author then delivers a brilliant, critical analysis of all the judgments relating to this matter, with particular emphasis on the judgment of Justice Traverso. Wardle proceeds to scrape away the surface of what is widely and publicly known and/or perceived, to reveal a tapestry with too many loose evidentiary ends. A tapestry, which begins to unravel. As an author, Wardle is highly accomplished. She has published 20 titles in 2017 alone, being four personal essays, the most popular being, Coloured Diaries Experiences of an Eastern Cape ‘Mixed-Breed’, in which she retraces her years growing up in a racially diverse family in the Eastern Cape, during the height of apartheid. Wardle has also published four children’s books, four fictional titles in the genre of fantasy, four titles on the Oscar Pistorius trial, a book on the law of evidence, ‘The Athenaeum Revisited: The Standard of Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ and three other books on high profile criminal cases including her latest book, ‘The Verdict: The Legal Trials & Tribulations of President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.’ Some of Wardle’s titles are available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. The author, Brenda Wardle is at home with the setting of this brilliant work of non-fiction. Wardle, who has three law degrees being, an Intermediary Degree in Criminal Justice Administration; a Bachelor of Laws Degree (ten modules passed cum laude); a Master of Laws Degree, with Forensic Medicine for Masters passed cum laude, is a Doctor of Laws student with the University of South Africa and in her dissertation, she examines ‘The Presumption of Innocence and The Burden of Proof in Criminal Matters in the South African Context.’ In ‘The State versus Shrien Prakash Dewani’, Wardle demonstrates ably why she is both an accomplished author, a brilliant narrator and a legal scholar with unquestionable credentials. Wardle delves beyond the obvious and leaves the reader with some very uncomfortable questions. She weighs the pros and cons of criminal trials which take place at different stages and examines the Section 105A Plea and Sentencing Agreements entered into between the State and some of the accused in the trial.
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