No proof that Gouws was paid for murder

2013-05-13 14:10
Andre Gouws (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - There is no proof that Andre Gouws gained any financial advantage from the murder of Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning, a police expert told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

Captain Francois Moller testified he could find no indication, that any suspects in the case had paid money into any of Gouws's four bank accounts during the relevant period.

He also could not find any sign that Gouws had transferred money into the bank accounts of Henning's self-confessed killers, Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem “Pike” Pieterse.

The only payment Moller could trace between Gouws and his co-accused Ambrose Monye was a R10 000 payment from one of Gouws's business accounts, Gouws & Joubert Brokers, into an account held by Monye's security company, Big Dog Security.

Gouws and Monye, a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, have pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to murder Henning.

The young mother was shot dead in her car shortly after dropping off her son at a crèche in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, on 5 November 2011.

Planned and instigated

In their evidence, Du Plessis and Pieterse claimed that Gouws and Monye had planned and instigated the murder.

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

In response to questions from Daan Mostert, representing Gouws, Moller said he had been asked to determine whether any payment had been made to any of the accused for committing the murder.

"I would say I was looking for the means to commit the crime, rather than the motive.

"The state witnesses testified that they were to be paid for the crime. The money must have come from somewhere. That's why we looked at the bank accounts," he said.

Moller said that while he had not found any sign of payments into Du Plessis and Pieterse's bank accounts, this did not exclude the possibility that they could have received cash payments.

He also conceded that the reason for Gouws's R10 000 payment to Monye a month before the murder was not clear from his bank statements.

No suspicious deposits

There were no deposits into Gouws's bank accounts that created suspicion or pointed to anyone involved in the case.

Moller agreed with Mostert that there had been no financial benefit for Gouws, who was close friends with Henning's estranged husband Nico, to commit the crime.

He said he had only analysed still images, rather than the full video, of CCTV footage, which a colleague had forwarded to him.

He told the court that he had not seen footage or photos of a suspect grey motorcycle with a single driver in the vicinity of the murder scene.

Security guard testifies

The court also heard testimony by a security guard who worked for Monye, who said he deposited R31 500 into Monye's account three days after Chanelle Henning's murder.

Adisa Olalekan said Monye picked him up on 11 November 2011, drove him to a bank, gave him the money in cash, and asked him to deposit it into Monye's account.

He said he counted the R100 notes before depositing the money and handed the deposit slip to Monye.

Afterwards, Monye drove him home and gave him R1 000.

Olalekan insisted the money belonged to Monye and that he was not repaying a loan.

He said Monye had loaned him about R4 500, which he sent home to Nigeria after his father died.

He had repaid about half of the loan within a few weeks of the funeral and Monye told him there was no need to pay back the rest.

Olalekan said Monye had paid him R2 500 a month. He said if he had R31 500 in cash, he would have been able to attend his father's funeral.

He testified that Monye had been like a brother to him and that they loved each other.

"His condition now really affects me," he said.

The trial continues.

- SAPA
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