Monye lamented reputation - testimony

2013-05-13 21:47
Ambrose Monye (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye lamented that his name always came up when a Nigerian was mentioned in a murder, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

This was the testimony of one of his friends, debt collector Edward Owens, in the case of the murder of young Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning.

Owens said he and Monye had been close friends for the past 12 years.

He said Monye used to refer to him as his "fat father" and sometimes helped him to collect debts.

"Ambrose in his prime was a very, very well built man. Just his sheer presence usually intimidated people," he said.

Monye and his co-accused Andre Gouws have pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to murder Henning, who was gunned down near her son's creche on 8 November 2011.

Owens testified that Monye had no problems talking to the police when he found out they wanted to question him in connection with the Henning murder.

He said a retired policeman had contacted him after Henning's murder and asked if he still knew Monye, because one of his ex-colleagues at the Hawks wanted to talk to him.

Monye was allegedly happy to speak to police and asked Owens to set up a meeting.

A colonel from the Hawks asked Monye if he knew a Duppie from the Hercules police station, a Nico, someone called Pike and Andre Gouws, but Monye denied knowing any of them.

In their evidence, Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem (Pike) Pieterse claimed Gouws and Monye planned and instigated the murder.

Du Plessis and Pieterse are serving 18-year prison sentences after pleading guilty to the murder.

Owens said Monye told police he had been at the High Court in 8 November 2011 where he was acquitted on a previous murder charge following a road rage incident at the Menlyn shopping centre in Pretoria.

"Ambrose said he'd just sorted out one big fiasco in his life. Why would he go and commit a murder to go and complicate his life again," Owens testified.

Chanelle Henning's father Ivan Saincic broke down in court during his testimony when he was asked to look at photographs of her taken at the scene.

He testified his daughter was 26-years-old when she was killed and going through a very volatile divorce.

Saincic said he was at work when his wife phoned saying someone had phoned her from Chanelle's phone to say she had been shot.

The couple had to wait at the scene until the police photographer finished his work, before they could look at their daughter's body and the injuries she had sustained, the court heard.

- SAPA
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