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Shrien Dewani trial date set for 6 October

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani Image copyright PA
Image caption Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 when she was killed

A trial date has been set in South Africa for the honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani.

The 34-year-old Bristol businessman is accused of ordering the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anni, who was shot in Cape Town in 2010.

His trial is due to start on 6 October at the Western Cape High Court.

Mr Dewani, who denies murder, was extradited from Britain in April. Earlier this year he was declared fit to stand trial.

Defence lawyers have requested phone bills and prison records relating to two men already jailed in connection with the killing.

Francois van Zyl insisted his request was "not a fishing expedition".

The defence team also subpoenaed Tongo's ex-lawyer, William da Grass to provide mobile phone records.

Mental health 'too fragile'

He was assessed over 30 days at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, where he is currently being held, to see if he was mentally fit to stand trial.

Before his extradition, Mr Dewani was detained in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

He lost a three-year battle to avoid trial in South Africa, which he fought on the grounds that his mental health state was too fragile to endure a court case.

Three South African men are currently serving jail terms in connection with the death Mr Dewani's wife, including taxi driver Zola Tongo, who was sentenced to 18 years after admitting his role in the killing.

Xolile Mngeni, who prosecutors claim was the hitman, was convicted of premeditated murder over the shooting.

Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to murder and was handed a 25-year prison sentence.

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