Shrien and Anni Dewani
Shrien Dewani’s sexuality appears set to become a major focus of his murder trial, at least according to the world’s media.
It was reported on Wednesday that Dewani had revealed in court documents that he visited the Gaydar dating site just two days after the murder of his wife Anni, using the name ASIANSUBGUY.
It’s also been revealed that he logged onto the gay hookup fetish site Recon around the same time.
The British millionaire businessman further confirmed that he accessed Gaydar, with Anni at his side, at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg while waiting for a flight to Cape Town.
After being a member of both sites for six years he shut down his accounts a week after her murder.
Dewani’s upfront “confessions”, including that he is bisexual and had sex with male prostitutes, suggest that his defence team is preparing to address his sexuality in the trial.
It’s believed that the state will argue that the closeted Dewani is gay, was pressured into the marriage by a conservative family and culture and that he wanted to find a way out of the relationship at any cost.
It will also likely argue that his surfing sex dating sites so soon after her death is not in keeping with the behaviour of a grieving husband.
In addition to the “German Master” rent boy, who is expected to testify that he had paid-for sex three times with Dewani, another former male sex partner could also make an appearance in the trial.
The Daily Mail reported that an unnamed British parliamentary aide will testify to having met Dewani at the London gay leather and fetish club Hoist.
He is expected to say that he had sex with the murder accused a number of times and that Dewani was a “submissive” who enjoyed dressing in leather.
In 2010, Dewani’s publicist, Max Clifford, spoke to The Sun about the rent boy claims, stating: “It is categorically denied. Shrien Dewani has never had a sexual relationship with a man in his life.”
On Wednesday, the court heard details from one of Anni’s convicted murderers, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, of how she was killed, as an at-times-tearful Dewani listened on.
Dewani is charged with hiring men to kill Anni in a staged hijacking while on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010, charges which he denies.