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Henning murder trial postponed

2012-11-19 13:11

Pretoria - The trial of former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye and André Gouws accused of the murder of Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning was postponed in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

The matter would continue on Wednesday to allow Gouws time to appoint a new lawyer.

"Are you satisfied with that?" acting Judge Johan Kruger asked him.

"I have no choice," he replied.

Gouws earlier requested the matter be postponed after he ended the mandate of his Legal Aid lawyer Van Zyl Nel on November 15, stating he did not have enough time to prepare.

"You cannot prepare for a case of this magnitude nine days prior to the start," he said.

Monye and Gouws are accused of the murder of Chanelle Henning. They face charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

Wants computer in cell

Henning was shot dead while driving along Manitoba Drive in Faerie Glen, Pretoria East last year. She had just dropped off her son at a créche.

Gouws asked to be allowed a computer in his cell.

He said the State gave him the disclosure on a DVD and he did not have access to a computer.
"I cannot prepare myself for this case if I don't have a computer in my cell."

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued Gouws had had enough time and that a delay would prejudice the case and witnesses.

The judge said the request for a computer was not an issue for the court to deal with on Monday. It was something Gouws' new lawyer would have to take up.

Nel said he was in favour of the trial continuing on Wednesday to allow for a new legal team to be appointed.

"The State is ready to proceed," he said.

Comments
  • Anton - 2012-11-19 13:28

    I think a few very interesting facts will come out of this trail. Who originated this crime?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-19 14:18

      Hubby is still free...

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-19 16:03

      Squeegie.pilot ! I don't think for long. Andre Gouws is Nico's BFF and he hasn't offered to pay his legal fees ! Neither Ambrose and they really did him a very big favour and unless Nico has something on these two, they are gonna spill the beans. If I were Nico I would watch my back. Ambrose has plenty Nigerian friends in South Africa !

  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-19 13:32

    Any chance Nico Henning could pay for Gouw's lawyer? They are best friends after all !

  • willem.wulfse - 2012-11-19 21:35

    André, keep it up, the wealthy instigator will bail you out. After all, a year's suffering is nothing for a friend. I hope you beleive in fairytales.

  • george.koekemoer - 2012-11-20 18:10

    This idiot has been behind bars for months now in which time he should have been preparing his case....not that he has a case! I cant wait to see him and his cronies sit for the rest of there miserable lives for what they did to this family!

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