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The Honeymoon Murder: Secret Gay Sex Life Of British Businessman Exposed In Court

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Shrien Dewani and his wife, Anni.

The secret gay sex life of 34-year-old British millionaire Shrien Dewani has become the focus of his trial for the murder of his Swedish-born bride while on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

According to Dewani, he and his wife Anni were in a taxi when two armed men approached. The men forced Dewani out of the vehicle at gunpoint then drove off with Anni, bringing her to a secluded part of town and killing her with a single shot to the neck.

The taxi driver and two other men were arrested and are currently serving sentences of between 18 years and life for murder. All three allege that Dewani hired them to stage the carjacking and kill his bride. The price of Anni’s head? £834 ($1330).

The millionaire, of course, denies the allegations.

And this is where things get especially lurid.

After four years, officials in South Africa were finally able to have Dewani extradited from the U.K. to stand trial. Last week, a South African court heard evidence of the millionaire’s secret gay sex life, which involved maintaining a profile on a gay hookup site, sending dozens of explicit e-mails to other men, and hiring male prostitutes. The prosecution claims Dewani was driven to murder his wife out of frustration about his sexuality.

One of Dewani’s prostitutes was Leopold Leisser, AKA “the German Master,” a male escort from England who specializes in S&M and kink.

Leisser testified that he met Dewani on the hookup website Gaydar.net in 2009. Dewani used the screen name “asiansubguy24” and listed himself as a “single gay man” seeking “one-on-one sex, group sex and other activities” with individuals or couples aged 18 to 99 years. He also described himself as “filthy and perverted” and said he hoped to meet a “dominant active guy, fairly arrogant, [who] likes to train up young subs.”

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Leopold Leisser, A.K.A. “the German Master”

According to Leisser, the two had their first sexual encounter at Leisser’s home in late 2009, where the businessman paid £360 ($573) for three-hours of non-stop bedroom abuse, complete with whips, paddles, and chains. Leisser claims Dewani liked his sex extra humiliating and had “no limits.”

After the three hours were up, Dewani put his clothes back on and headed home for the evening. (Leisser told authorities he maintains a strict “no sleepover rule” with clients.) But the two agreed to meet up again some time.

“He was very friendly,” Leisser testified. “He was very charming and quite educated… I liked him.”

Two more kinky S&M sex sessions ensured — one February 2010 and another in May 2010. The last time they saw each other, however, Leisser claims Dewani was noticeably upset.

“He said that he had to tell me something,” Leisser testified. “He either told me that he was engaged or was about to become engaged and that he has to get married.”

Leissier claims Dewani described his bride-to-be as “a nice, lovely girl” but that he felt pressured into marrying her “because he would be disowned by the family” if they knew he was gay.

“He also said that he needs to find a way out of it,” Leisser testified. “I said that was fine, that a lot of my clients are married, which isn’t a problem. I said if he felt comfortable, he could have a double life, maybe see me a couple of times a year.”

That evening, Leisser broke his “no sleepover rule” and allowed Dewani to spend the night.

“He was different in the morning,” he said. “Very grumpy, rude even, and hardly spoke to me.”

Dewani in a South African courtroom

The two men did not see each other again after that, though they remained in contact on Gaydar.net.

In the days following Anni’s funeral, Dewani’s sister snuck into her brother’s Gaydar.net account and deleted his profile out of fear the media might discover it.

Despite the prosecution’s attempt at painting Dewani out to be a disgruntled closet case, judge Jeanette Traverso told the court this week: “Whether he is bisexual or gay does not matter. It is irrelevant.”

“The sexuality of the accused is not something we can run away from in this matter,” prosecuting attorney Adrian Mopp said. “There is a particular factual matrix in this case.”

To which the judge replied: “And what does that provide … motive to kill? You have got to be careful, Mr. Mopp. You can’t sneak in through the back door what you can’t get in through the front.”

We assume no pun was intended.

The trial continues.

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