An MTN cellphone expert is scheduled to testify in the trial of slain honeymooner Anni Dewani in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.
On Monday, the court heard that Xolile Mngeni’s simcard was put in a phone belonging to one of Dewani’s convicted killers.
Vodacom forensic expert Petro Heyneke said phone records showed that Mngeni’s simcard was first put in Zola Tonga’s phone on the morning of November 14, 2010.
Dewani was shot dead on November 13.
Tonga was jailed for 18 years under a plea bargain, in which he claimed Dewani’s husband Shrien arranged for his wife’s murder in a fake hijacking.
The court also heard that the last activity on Tongo’s phone was an incoming call at 10.53pm on the night Dewani was killed.
The day after Dewani was killed, at 5.13pm, a new simcard was issued where the user did a sim swap. That simcard was then put in a new cellphone.
A hotel receptionist, whose identity was being protected, acted as a middleman in the alleged killing.
Several calls were made between the receptionists’ phone and that of convicted murderer Mziwamadoda Qwabe.
Prosecutor Shareen Riley said the relevance of the cellphone data would be put in context by a crime mapper to trace links between suspects, their locations and events.