Henning accused's testimony questioned

2013-07-05 14:36
Ambrose Monye (Picture: Sapa)

Ambrose Monye (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - The testimony of one of two men accused of plotting the murder of Chanelle Henning was questioned in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

"Why are you lying?" prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye.

Nel was questioning Monye about a meeting between himself, his co-accused Andre Gouws, and two other men connected to Henning's murder.

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

The State alleges Monye and Gouws conspired with former policeman Gerhardus "Doepie" du Plessis and Willem "Pike" Pieterse (alias Tattoo).

Du Plessis and Pieterse are serving 18-year prison terms after confessing to their roles in the murder.

November meeting

On Friday, Nel asked Monye about a meeting held on 4 November 2011 at a Romans Pizza outlet in Sunnyside, Pretoria.

Monye testified he attended the meeting, but left after a while, as the men spoke only about food and in Afrikaans.

"No mister Monye. You are the boss. The court will not accept it," Nel said. He referred Monye to his earlier statement in which he said he took orders from no one.

Nel said he could not believe Monye would allow the men to speak in a language he did not understand.

He said Monye's version of the meeting was difficult to explain.

Monye said he could not remember the details of the meeting, how many meetings there were, or who arranged them.

"I'm going to say that you are deliberately pretending to be confused," Nel told him.

Nel then pointed out Monye's cellphone records showed he was in another area of Pretoria at the time of the meeting, thus he could not have attended it.

Nel also told him Gouws, Du Plessis, and Pieterse testified he was not at the meeting.

Nel asked Monye why he was lying about his attendance.

"I can't remember," Monye answered.

- SAPA

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