A British newlywed accused of hiring a hitman to kill his bride on their South African honeymoon has denied he was involved in another carjacking murder in the country three years earlier.
South African national commissioner general Bheki Cele said police were investigating a link between wealthy businessman Shrien Dewani and the 2007 murder of Dr Pox Raghavjee.
Dr Raghavjee died during a carjacking in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, but the case reportedly remains open.
Publicist Max Clifford, who represents Dewani, dismissed the possibility his client was implicated in either murder.
He said Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, met the doctor’s widow Heather Raghavjee in South Africa after the murder.
But he said they had never previously met and Mrs Raghavjee had made the journey at the request of her daughter-in-law Alvita Raghavjee, who lives in the Bristol area and knows the Dewani family.
“Heather Raghavjee flew from King William’s Town in South Africa to Cape Town to try to comfort the family at the request of her daughter-in-law Alvita, who lives in the Bristol area and knew the Dewani family,” Mr Clifford said.
“She had never met Shrien before in her life. But she experienced what he experienced when her husband, Dr Pox Raghavjee, was shot dead in a carjacking three years earlier.”
Dewani, 30, was released from Wandsworth Prison on bail on Friday after his family came up with £250,000 security.
He is wanted by South African police for conspiracy to murder his new wife Anni, 28, who was killed after their taxi was seized by gunmen.