A British millionaire of Indian origin, suspected of arranging the carjack-murder of his wife when they were honeymooning in South Africa, is now charged with paying for kinky sex with his escort.
The case of Shrien Dewani, a care home tycoon from Bristol and whose family hails from Gujarat in western India, is making waves in the West.
It was on Nov.14 this year that the body of the blood-soaked Anni Dewani was found in the back of an abandoned taxi in a Cape Town township, with a single bullet wound in the neck.
Only two weeks earlier, Anni and Shrien Dewani had married in a lavish Hindu ceremony in Mumbai. She had grown up in Mariestad, Sweden, graduated in engineering and was working for Eriksson in Stockholm before she decided to move to the UK.
The couple stayed in a five-star waterfront hotel in Cape Town. As they were returning after a visit to the township of Gugulethu, two armed men approached the car at a traffic signal and started banging on the windows. With a gun pointed to his head, Mr Dewani said later, he handed over their digital camera, his Ģ2,000 Rado watch, mobile phone, Ģ500 in cash and Mrs Dewani's jewellery, including her engagement ring.
He and the driver were thrown out of the car while the criminals drove away with his precious wife, all his pleas were in vain, Dewani claimed.
A police helicopter was scrambled to find his wife, and her body was discovered in the taxi the next morning. Later he flew with the body back to London.
But the sympathy for the bereaved Dewani quickly turned into suspicion as investigations proceeded apace in South Africa.
Chief of Police, General Bheki Cele was quoted as saying, "A monkey came all the way from London to have his wife murdered here", and added, "Shrien thought we, South Africans, were stupid when he came all the way to kill his wife in our country. He lied to himself." The South African Police insinuated he was a gay and had no interest in the marriage at all. He simply wanted her out of the way.
But Dewani hotly denied all the allegations, "I searched high and low for my perfect partner," he said. "Anni was the one... why would I want to kill her?
"Saying I was somehow involved defies logic. Anni wasn't on any life insurance policies and we hadn't even made a will. I had no motive - financial or otherwise. I loved her and still love her."
But there were others to contest his claims. Like Zola Tongo, who drove the couple around. "Shrien Dewani approached me alone and asked me if I knew anyone that could have a client of his taken off the scene, a woman. He said he was willing to pay an amount of 15,000 rand (Ģ1,380)," Tongo said and asserted it was he who had arranged the hit-men.
In his confession, Tongo further said that he took the couple to see sights in Cape Town before driving them to Gugulethu township, where the hit-men were waiting with shotguns. He said:"Qwabe got in at the driver's side and Mngeni got in at the back. The Dewanis were made to lie down on the back seat and Qwabe drove off.
"Shrien Dewani and I continued to pretend that we were being hijacked. Qwabe travelled for a short distance before he stopped and I was ordered to get out of the vehicle. I knew that Mngeni and Qwabe would not harm Shrien Dewani and that he would be dropped off at some further point."
Tongo's confession concluded: "I met with Shrien Dewani at the hotel on 16 November where I received 1,000 rand as payment for my role in orchestrating the murder, robbery and kidnapping of the deceased."
The confession was part of a plea bargain to reduce his sentence to 18 years. He was convicted for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.
Xolile Mnguni, 23, and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25, the two other South Africans charged in the case, will appear before Wynberg Regional Court on 25 February.
A full trial at Western Cape High Court is due to begin at a later date.
Meantime the London police arrested Shrien. He is now on bail, and his bail conditions include electronic tagging, home curfew and having to report to the police daily. He is facing extradition to South Arica too.
Amidst these developments come reports that a German escort has claimed he was paid by the care home tycoon for sex three times between September last year and April 2010.
The German man contacted investigators after seeing Mr Dewani's picture in the media, it is claimed.
A report in the Sun newspaper said the man, from Munich, claimed to have been in regular contact with Dewani for months and to have been paid by him for "kinky sex sessions" in the Midlands and West London.
But a lawyer for Mr Dewani told The Sun the allegations were 'completely false and ridiculous'. Mr Dewani's spokesman, Max Clifford, also rubbished the claims saying his client had never had a homosexual relationship.
However Anni's family is outraged. In a direct appeal to his son-in-law, Vinod Hindocha said: 'Go to South Africa. Let the world know what happened.
'Give us justice. That's what I ask for. Justice for my daughter, who was so lively and innocent.
'If he says proudly that he did not do it, then just go back. Clear the doubts.'
The 61-year-old, who runs an electrical equipment company in Scandinavia, said he and his family were struggling with Anni's death.
'It's terrible. Things are not getting better. I can't go to work. I can't do anything,' he told South Africa's Cape Times newspaper.
'We just walk round and round. We can't get peace of mind.'
South African police are also said to be investigating if there is any link between an unsolved murder of an Indian-origin doctor and that of Anni Dewani's. The police seem to suspect that Shrien Dewani may have been involved in the murder of Dr Pox Raghavjee in 2007, the Saturday Star reported. Heather, Raghavjee's wife, had intimate ties with the Dewanis and had travelled to Cape Town a day after Anni was killed, to comfort Dewani, the weekly said.