Henning: State wrapping up case

2013-05-15 17:04
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Pretoria - The trial of two men accused of plotting the murder of Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning, was postponed on Wednesday.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria adjourned the matter against Andre Gouws and former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye until 1 July.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the State was close to concluding its case against the two.

Gouws and Monye have pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to murder Henning.

The trial is set to run for two weeks when it resumes in July.

The State called Vodacom cellphone expert Petronella Heynecke to the stand on Wednesday.

Her evidence touched on the men's SIM cards and the activities on their phones, particularly in the period of the murder.

Shot dead

Henning, 26, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting near a crèche in Faerie Glen on 8 November 2011.

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

Gouws is a close friend of Henning’s estranged husband Nico.

On Tuesday, Henning's father Ivan Saincic testified that the only person who could have benefited from the murder was Nico.

"It is definitely the way we feel... He gets custody of the child. He doesn't have to pay maintenance... He's the only person that could benefit from my daughter's death."

Saincic and his wife were nonetheless later awarded custody of the child, with Henning paying school fees.

"At the time my daughter was murdered, I don't think Nico Henning thought there was any chance that the child would go to anyone else but him."

Strained marriage

He told the court his daughter and her husband were married for just over four years, but that their relationship was strained for a long time.

During the latter part of the marriage, their daughter lived in Pretoria, at times with her parents, and found work at a school in Pretoria.

About 18 months before her murder, she sued her husband for divorce, asking for maintenance and a contribution towards her legal costs.

During that period, Nico brought an urgent application for custody of the child.

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