Henning accused 'had no reason to lie'

2013-07-04 13:03
Ambrose Monye (Picture: Sapa)

Ambrose Monye (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - One of the men accused of plotting the murder of Chanelle Henning told the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday he had no reason to lie.

"My lord, I stand nothing to gain from keeping myself in [prison]," former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye told the court.

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

The two accused, Andre Gouws and Monye, have pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to murder Henning.

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

On Thursday prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned Monye on the accuracy of his testimony.

Testimony

Monye testified on Wednesday and Thursday that he introduced Pieterse and Du Plessis to Gouws. He said the two men approached him asking for jobs as security guards.

He said Gouws asked him to find two white men he could use for such work, thus he introduced them.

Nel asked why Monye never asked Gouws how the business relationship between him, Du Plessis, and Pieterse was going. Nel said Monye never asked because he knew the answer.

Monye maintained he was either preoccupied, or when he spoke to Gouws over the phone Gouws ended the call quickly.

"Your version is so improbable that it cannot reasonably possibly be true," Nel said.

"Don't you want to tell the truth?" Nel asked. He then asked Monye if he was afraid of Gouws.

"I can never be scared of him," Monye replied.

Nel wanted to know if Monye was afraid of Du Plessis or Pieterse.

"No way, my lord," he replied.

On Wednesday, Monye denied any involvement in Henning's murder. He said he did not know her, did not know where she lived, and had not gone to her place in Faerie Glen.

He said he had not met her estranged husband Nico Henning, and that Gouws had not discussed the murder with him.

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