Gouws asked to watch Henning - testimony

2013-07-09 18:18
Andre Gouws (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - One of the men accused of plotting Chanelle Henning's murder was asked to keep surveillance on her, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"[Henning's estranged husband] Nico asked if I could find someone to watch Chanelle to see if she used drugs or bought drugs," Andre Gouws told the court.

He said the couple were getting divorced and fighting over custody of their son. He said a psychologist's report suggested it was possible Chanelle Henning used drugs.

Henning, 26, died in a drive-by shooting in Faerie Glen on 8 November 2011, shortly after dropping off her child at a crèche.

Gouws and his co-accused, former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose 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.

On Tuesday Gouws testified about his relationship with Nico Henning.

"We are very good friends," Gouws said.

They first met in about 1989 when he gave Nico Henning and his girlfriend a job while they were studying.

Gouws's lawyer Daan Mostert asked him if he helped Nico Henning with his divorce.

Molestation claims

Gouws said there were allegations against Nico Henning that he had molested his son.

"That's when I became involved."

He said he "observed" Chanelle Henning between the crèche and the school where she worked.

"It happened a few times, but she knew me so I couldn't get close enough to determine if there were any transactions," Gouws said.

"I checked if she stopped anywhere strange or stopped with strange people."

He said he observed her a month or two before she was killed.

"I approached Mr Monye who is a role-player in the drug world," he said.

Gouws said he broadly explained Nico Henning's situation to Monye and said they needed proof of Chanelle's drug use.

"I told Monye the first prize would be if a police official could arrest her while [her son] was in the car."

He said the second prize would be if she was caught with drugs in her possession or buying drugs.

"Mr Monye said he has a metro cop on his payroll, who would be able to handle it," Gouws said.

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