Shrien Dewani flaunts the gay romance while the family of the murdered wife asks if the torment will come to an end

Shrien Dewani was accused of organizing the murder of the new bride Anni Dewani while they were on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. She was later acquitted in the trial

Boarding a flight from London Gatwick to Ibiza a few days ago, a young passenger recognized a familiar face in the queue.

The sight of this man, laughing coquettishly with his muscular and handsome boyfriend, filled her with anger and a sense of injustice. Like her, Shrien Dewani was a member of the British-Hindu community.

For that reason, from the moment he was involved in one of the most perplexing criminal cases of recent times – the murder on his wife's honeymoon, Anni, in November 2010 – she had followed the story with great interest. .

As she told me: "I just felt furious that she was going to have fun on vacation with her boyfriend after what happened to his wife." It made me think about how Anni and her family have suffered, while her life seems to be going very well. "

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Shrien Dewani was accused of organizing the murder of the new bride Anni Dewani while they were on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. She was later acquitted in the trial

Shrien Dewani was accused of organizing the murder of the new bride Anni Dewani while they were on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. She was later acquitted in the trial

In the court of public opinion, many would share their feelings. To explain why, we should recapitulate this grim saga.

The son of an admirably successful Bristol-based family of Ugandan and Asian immigrants who made a fortune working in a series of care homes in the west of the country, Dewani, now 38, had a very good education.

After attending Bristol Grammar School, where he was prefect, and later earned a degree in accounting, he began a career in a major financial company before helping to establish the family business with his father, Prakash, a prominent Mason and brother. Preyen

What his family did not know was that at age 20 he had developed a predilection for gay sex with prostitutes and men he picked up on the Internet.

However, he was briefly engaged to a tycoon's daughter before courting Anni, a beautiful Swedish engineer, whom he met through the Hindu community of East Africa.

A year after their first date, at a 2009 Lion End show in West End, Dewani took Anni to Paris in a private jet to propose to her (deceiving her with a £ 25,000 diamond engagement ring and clothing gifts) and designer shoes))

The following autumn they were married in a Hindu ceremony of three days and £ 250,000, which was attended by 300 guests, in a hotel in Mumbai. Two weeks later, Dewani took Anni to South Africa, on a honeymoon.

After a week of safari, they traveled to Cape Town. There, after a nighttime dinner, their taxi driver drove them to a treacherous municipality, where two ruthless young mafiosi intercepted the car.

For a reason never explained, his modus operandi did not follow the usual creepy pattern of kidnappings of South African cars, in which the man is robbed and murdered and the woman raped, but freed.

Dewani was taken out of the car unharmed. Anni was not disturbed, but dispatched with a single bullet in the neck.

Quickly captured, the taxi driver and the two kidnappers claimed that Dewani planned the murder and paid them £ 1,300 to carry it out. He has always strongly denied this. However, as evidence emerged of their gay secret relationships, their story gained credibility among South African researchers.

As Dewani had been allowed to return to Britain with Anni's body, there was a three-year fight to be extradited, most of whom spent in the hospital, being treated for mental illness related to stress.

  Vinod Hindocha, Anni's father pictured above with his mother Nilam, said that as soon as he saw the photos of Dewani and his new partner, he thought that "decent people, gay or otherwise, do not behave like that."

  Vinod Hindocha, Anni's father pictured above with his mother Nilam, said that as soon as he saw the photos of Dewani and his new partner, he thought that "decent people, gay or otherwise, do not behave like that."

Vinod Hindocha, Anni's father pictured above with his mother Nilam, said that as soon as he saw the photos of Dewani and his new partner, he thought that "decent people, gay or otherwise, do not behave like that."

When, finally, he was forced to return to Cape Town, in October 2014, his trial was a fiasco. The accusation was bungled, the witnesses were discredited, and the crux of the accusation – that Dewani had murdered Anni to preserve the secret of his homosexuality – was ruined when the judge ruled that his sexual orientation was "irrelevant."

After being photographed for posterity with his cell guardian, Dewani, looking decidedly more cheerful than the trembling and stuttering figure he presented at the trial, flew back to Britain, seemingly free to resume his lucrative commercial career and exotic life. Social.

However, things have not turned out that way. Although once photographed leaving a Mayfair restaurant, he became lonely and, when they saw him traveling to the gym in the London Underground, he looked at a passenger "exhausted and nervous".

His psychological state could not have been helped by the public reaction to his absolution. Many turned to the internet to express their doubts, especially since the judge had left the trial, saying the evidence was not strong enough, even before Dewani took the witness stand.

The British-Indian tourist on the flight from Dewani to Ibiza, on July 25, was one of those who questioned his innocence from afar. And seeing him embark on a break with his new partner, the Brazilian-Spanish photographer Gledison Lopez Martins, his doubts re-emerged.

"Dewani could look much older now – he's gray and emaciated, and walks with a strange limp – but it seemed like he did not care.

"Obviously he was having a lot of fun with this man," the woman who does not want to be identified told me this week. "Her boyfriend wore flip flops, shorts and a vest that showed his muscles.

"He must spend a lot of time in the gym and he seems to admire himself." He stayed there taking selfies.

The woman was so furious that, on the plane, she took a picture of Dewani, who for some reason sat apart from Martins, and passed it to the Post's website.

Then it was learned that the couple published a series of photos and intimate videos on social networks, capturing the lifestyle that he and his boyfriend enjoy.

A lifestyle that Dewani can afford, after being reinstated, after the trial, as director of the family business, which has diversified into properties and declared assets of £ 20 million in its 2016 accounts.

They also suggest that Dewani, whose self-absorbed behavior after Anni's murder increased police suspicions and enraged his bereaved family (as his body lay in the morgue, bought a suit, cut his hair and drew gay websites), He changed little in these last four years.

A photograph, which shows him resting his head on Martins chest, was taken during a trip through India, the last place he should choose for a romantic trip with his boyfriend, we might think, since Mumbai was his place of celebration. wedding.

Shrien Dewani and her boyfriend Gledison Lopez Martins (right) have posted Instagram photos of their trips around the world, including Ibiza and India

Shrien Dewani and her boyfriend Gledison Lopez Martins (right) have posted Instagram photos of their trips around the world, including Ibiza and India

Shrien Dewani and her boyfriend Gledison Lopez Martins (right) have posted Instagram photos of their trips around the world, including Ibiza and India

The images were removed hastily, but not before Anni's family had seen them. Her father, Vinod Hindocha, told me that the vision of Dewani and her boyfriend had left him "speechless," and not only because he felt extremely insensitive to vacationing in the country where he married his daughter.

At the beginning of his trial, he recalled, before the prosecution opened his case, Dewani was allowed to make a statement, in which he openly admitted his attraction to men for the first time.

But, and it's a very big one, Dewani said he considered himself bisexual instead of homosexual.

He told the court that his relationships with men were "mostly physical experiences or email chats" with couples he met online, or prostitutes, while he shared a "mutual chemistry" with Anni, whom "he physically attracted instantly. "

This sensational opening move proved to be a masterful blow by Dewani's powerful defense team, since after hearing his uncontested testimony, the judge determined that his sexual orientation was immaterial, unless there was evidence related to it.

However, Dewani's claim of bisexuality did not cut the ice with the Hindocha family. Because Anni had sent her cousin distressing messages about Dewani's frigidity ("crying is my new hobby," he wrote) and told him how he slept on the couch on the wedding night instead of consummating the marriage.

Then, after his death, it was revealed that he had subscribed to at least two gay dating websites, one for fetishists, and visited a sadomasochistic prostitute called The German Master, paying £ 400 to be humiliated and tortured. (This unfortunate man, Leopold Leisser, committed suicide in 2016).

All this confirmed the Hindochas' belief that Dewani has always been completely homosexual, a vision finally confirmed, they say, by his serious relationship with Martins, which began about 18 months ago and has progressed so well that they now share an apartment in the west. From london.

However, if it had been known four years ago, Anni's father told me that he could have altered the course of the trial. Also, if Dewani had gathered the courage to leave before the wedding, instead of cheating on his daughter to marry, he says, he would never have gone to South Africa and, therefore, would be alive.

"As soon as I saw those pictures over the weekend, my thought was:" Decent people, gay or otherwise, do not behave like that, "said Mr. Hindocha, who lives with Anni's mother, Nilam, in the small Swedish city of Mariestad.

"I want to emphasize that I have absolutely nothing against the gay community, but Shrien cheated us from the first day, I wanted to have a homosexual life and use my daughter as a cover.

"Of course, he has been declared not guilty, so we have to accept that, but I still do not accept it, I should have explained everything under oath, that's the least we deserved." His voice dripped with irony, and he added: "If he is really bisexual, he must have had so many girlfriends." So, where are they all? When I saw the photos, I wrote a message to the parents of Shrien Prakash and Shila on my Facebook: "Congratulations, you have a new son-in-law!"

In the photo: Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha, in the High Court of the Western Cape on November 24, 2014. Hindocha has now said that he has been declared not guilty, so we must accept it. But I do not accept that yet.

In the photo: Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha, in the High Court of the Western Cape on November 24, 2014. Hindocha has now said that he has been declared not guilty, so we must accept it. But I do not accept that yet.

In the photo: Anni Dewani's father, Vinod Hindocha, in the High Court of the Western Cape on November 24, 2014. Hindocha has now said that he has been declared not guilty, so we must accept it. But I do not accept that yet.

Although the taxi driver and the kidnappers (one of whom died of a brain tumor since then) were imprisoned for murder, the Hindochas continue with the intention of initiating new legal actions that force Dewani to address the "many unanswered questions" about the murder.

The Dewani family, meanwhile, declined to comment on Shrien's relationship this week. However, perhaps surprisingly, given her religious background, her parents evidently welcomed her boyfriend into the family.

Martins spent last Christmas with them, attended a fancy dress party he launched, was portrayed with him at a large clans meeting in a restaurant and is reportedly among his Facebook friends.

It is not known how he and Shrien showed up, although given their mutual fondness for gay clubs in London, such as Hoist, we can risk guessing. So, what do we know about Gledison Lopez Martins?

According to the loquacious biography in pots he wrote for his portrait photography business, GLM Photos, he settled in London four years ago and works all over the world (this week, someone who answered his phone said he was in the Bahamas) .

He claims to have photographed many "personalities," but the only famous face I could choose from his portfolio was that of pop star Duncan James, 40, formerly of the band Blue. His website also features an erotic transgender section, where his subjects pose provocatively in body stockings, suspenders and thigh boots.

The testimonies of Martins clients praise him personally and professionally. However, the former neighbors in their various apartments in London present a different snapshot of their personality.

In Eastbourne Mews, Paddington, where he and Dewani recently shared an apartment next to his photo studio, it is said that complaints about Martins' alleged antisocial behavior were reported to the police (who refuse to confirm or deny this). It also upset residents at a previous address, which they say has organized wild parties.

Steve Peñalver, a friend and former roommate of Martins, said that the six-foot fringe always had many admirers for his appearance and charisma.

Mr. Peñalver described Martins, who emigrated from Brazil to Spain with his parents when he was very young and grew up in Barcelona, ​​as a kind man who lent him money when he had problems. He was usually kind, he added, but he was "pretty tough" and could "control himself" if someone got aggressive when they were socializing.

Mr. Peñalver confirmed that the neighbors who rented an office next to his apartment complained frequently that Martins played loud music.

This week, Martins was not available to answer these claims. For the past six months, however, he and Dewani have lived, apparently in peace, in an elegant apartment in a thriving area of ​​West London.

Ibiza's all-things island is clearly one of their favorite places, as the couple stayed there last October before returning last month, booking at a five-star hotel.

His stay was interrupted after four days, when Martins became ill with appendicitis, an event he typically announced, when he posted photographs of social media languishing in the hospital. Whatever else they may have in common, Dewani and his Brazilian lover share a narcissistic streak.

In the court of public opinion, some will wish you the best in your relationship. They will say that Dewani, having been found not guilty by a court, should be allowed to reconstruct his life at will. Others will take a different view.

Whatever one's opinion, however, it is undeniably tragic that Shrien Dewani did not meet the man of his dreams and settled down with him openly, before embarking on the romantic charade that ended when his honeymoon girlfriend was shot in that abandoned municipality.

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