THE carjack Brit whose bride was kidnapped and shot dead begged the beauty’s killers to take their rings instead.Millionaire Shrien Dewani, 30, pleaded with the gunmen who ambushed them on honeymoon to seize the wedding bands.
He and terrified Anni, 28 — both held in their chauffeured car at gunpoint as the driver was ordered to put his foot down — also offered the bride’s engagement ring along with cash, jewellery, watches and their mobile phones.
This morning, a 26-year-old man was charged with murder and hijacking. He will appear in court tomorrow.
The groom’s shattered brother Preyen, 32, said as South African cops yesterday grilled a suspect over the carjacking in a Cape Town slum: “Shrien offered them everything they had.
“The robbers took these items — then told Shrien to leave the vehicle.”
The VW Sharan was still moving when the groom was hurled out — although he was remarkably uninjured. The car’s driver Zola Tongo, 31 — who had been bundled out of it earlier — insisted: “It wasn’t my fault. I am beside myself with grief.” Swedish-born graduate Anni was found in the car next day — shot three times.
Last night Shrien, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol — who runs care home company PSP Healthcare — was flying back to the UK with her body. His tycoon dad Prakash was with him.
Shrien and Anni wed in Mumbai and were four days into a honeymoon. They chose South Africa because it shared their SA initials.