Henning: Monye denies involvement

2013-07-03 18:43
Ambrose Monye (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye on Wednesday denied any involvement in Chanelle Henning's murder.

"My lord, I didn't know anything about it," Monye testified in the North Gauteng High Court.

His lawyer Matthew Klein put it to him that two men convicted of the murder implicated him.

"My lord, that would be a very big lie," he replied.

Henning, 26, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Faerie Glen on 8 November 2011 shortly after dropping her child off at a crèche.

Former policeman Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem "Pike" Pieterse are serving 18-year prison terms after confessing to their roles in the murder.

Monye and his co-accused Andre Gouws have pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to murder Henning.

Money and drugs

On Wednesday Monye said he introduced Pieterse and Du Plessis to Gouws. He said Gouws asked him to find two white men he could use for security jobs, thus he introduced them.

Monye admitted to giving money and drugs to both Du Plessis and Pieterse.

He denied knowing Henning's husband Nico Henning. He said he first heard of him during court proceedings.

"I have never met him. We could never identify each other."

Henning's estranged husband is a close friend of Gouws.

Klein finished his questioning and Monye would now be cross-examined.

Outburst

Earlier Monye refused to emerge from the cells. Klein told the court his client was upset.

"The problem is my client's in a state of rage. He is fighting, he doesn't want to come up," he said.

Monye said he had spent two years in jail and did not know Henning or her husband, Klein said. Monye felt that if a woman was killed her husband should be in court, Klein said.

"He wants to see Nico Henning eye to eye. I said to him it was not possible. He said then he would rather rot in jail."

Klein said his client's outburst was triggered by a newspaper article according to which the State had closed its case.

"He didn't sleep last night. He is upset about the whole situation. He was also very thirsty. I don't know if it's a medical condition. I will be cautious to carry on today."

Daan Mostert, for Gouws, asked the court to take into consideration that the two men shared a cell.

Judge Johan Kruger then adjourned proceedings until after tea.

"It seems to me he has some personal issues in this regard, but he can't hold the court at ransom," Kruger said.

Kruger asked the court interpreter to help Klein talk to his client.

- SAPA
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