Henning accused 'in a state of rage'

2013-07-03 11:56
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 refused to come up from the cells at the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday morning.

The defence lawyer for former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye said 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," Matthew Klein told the court.

Monye said he had spent two years in jail and did not know Henning or her husband Nico Henning, Klein said.

Nico Henning had never been in court and 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 what triggered his client's outburst was 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 Monye's co-accused Andre Gouws, asked the court to take into consideration that the two men shared a cell.

Judge Johan Kruger 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.

Later, Monye agreed to take the stand, testifying in his own defence. 

"My lord we are ready to proceed," Matthew Klein told the court. He added no other witnesses would be called for Monye's defence.


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.

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.

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

On Tuesday, the State called its final three witnesses. The first, Cell C employee Sibongile Makhuba, testified about Monye's cellphone number.

The second was Colonel Tobias Fourie, from Port Elizabeth, who was contacted by Pretoria police to help arrest Pieterse in Despatch.

The third was Captain Rio Kriel, who helped Fourie arrest Pieterse.

The State closed its case and made its witnesses - including Gouws's and Monye's former partners - available to the defence.

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