The husband of a British woman murdered in her honeymoon in South Africa has denied he is secretly gay.

Shrien Dewani is under suspicion for the death of his new wife Anni and South African police are reportedly looking into the possibility that he was gay and did not want to start a family with her.

The 30-year-old is fighting attempts to extradite him to South Africa over claims he paid two hitman to kill his wife.

Mrs Dewani, 28, was shot dead in an apparent hijacking in Cape Town last month. Her husband and their taxi driver Zola Tongo escaped unharmed.

Tongo was jailed for 18 years this week. His sentence was reduced from 25 years after he implicated the British businessman in the killing. Two other men are accused of murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

According to The Sun, a South African detective involved in the case said: “We are looking closely at suggestions that all was not well within the marriage – and that Shrien Dewani’s sexuality was a factor.

“They appear to have had different views about starting a family.”

Mr Dewani’s relatives said the claims were “ridiculous” and he denied he was gay in a recent interview with the Sun.

He was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and will appear at a court hearing today.