Prosecutor: Monye's testimony laughable

2013-07-04 20:10
Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Pretoria - The testimony of one of the men accused of plotting the murder of Chanelle Henning came under fire in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

"Your version is laughable. It is getting laughable," prosecutor Gerrie Nel told former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye.

Throughout Thursday's proceedings, Nel pointed out inconsistencies in Monye's testimony on his involvement in Henning's murder and the days leading up to it.

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.

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.

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 had asked him to find two white men he could use for such work.

Business relationship

Nel asked why Monye had not asked Gouws how the business relationship between him, Du Plessis, and Pieterse was going. Nel said Monye had not asked because he knew the answer.

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

"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.

Monye said he introduced the three men at a carwash in Pretoria on 2 November, 2011 and knew nothing more about their business.

Under cross-examination, Monye said Gouws arrived at the carwash on a motorcycle, and that Du Plessis and Pieterse followed him on their motorbikes.

Nel asked how it was possible that Monye did not even ask where they were going or, when he spoke to Gouws later that day, what had happened.

"They just left me," Monye said, adding again that he had not known what they were involved in.

81 calls

Nel also asked why Gouws would need bouncers or security if his club burnt down in August 2011. He also questioned why, between 1 October, 2011 and 7 November, Monye made 81 calls to Gouws.

Monye said the two of them often did business, so the phone calls were not unusual.

Nel asked if Monye stood to gain anything by introducing Pieterse and Du Plessis to Gouws.

"Nothing, My Lord," Monye said.

Monye denied discussing the surveillance of a woman with Gouws.

"Definitely, he never requested that from me."

Throughout his testimony, Monye maintained that he was telling the truth.

"My Lord, I stand nothing to gain from keeping myself in [prison]," he told the court.

The trial continues.

- SAPA

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