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Monye accused of changing his testimony

2013-07-06 07:11

Pretoria - The testimony of one of two men accused of plotting the murder of Chanelle Henning has changed, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Friday.

"Something happened between yesterday [Thursday] and today [Friday] with your evidence," prosecutor Gerrie Nel told former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye.

"Somebody told you to change your evidence."

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

Monye and his co-accused Andre Gouws 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.

Nel said Monye had changed his testimony on how and why Gouws, Du Plessis, and Pieterse met.

He said on Thursday Monye told the court Gouws approached him asking for two white men he could employ as bouncers. Monye then met Pieterse and Du Plessis, who were looking for security work, and thus introduced them.

‘Contacts’

However, Nel argued, on Friday Monye said Pieterse was the first to approach him through a friend, asking to work as a drug dealer.

Monye then introduced Pieterse to some "contacts" and he never dealt with Du Plessis unless he was trying to get hold of Pieterse.

"That was the only reason, my lord, because they were living together," Monye said.

Monye said Gouws later approached him asking for two men. Only then did he introduce them.

Nel said he would argue that something happened to cause Monye to change his testimony.

Monye denied this, saying he did not understand what he had changed.

Nel asked Monye if Gouws had approached him and told him his previous testimony was incorrect.

"No that did not happen. I see nothing that changed from the evidence I was giving," Monye said.

Nel asked Monye why he phoned Du Plessis on 7 November 2011 while Pieterse was with him.

He referred Monye to his earlier statement that he only contacted Du Plessis to get hold of Pieterse.

"I cannot remember," Monye said.

Nel questioned the accuracy of Monye's testimony, saying: "Mr Monye do you agree with me that the truth never changes?"

Monye agreed, but declined to elaborate.

Earlier, Nel questioned Monye's testimony about a meeting between himself, Gouws, and the other men connected to Henning's murder.

The meeting was allegedly held on 4 November 2011 at a Romans Pizza outlet in Sunnyside, Pretoria. Monye testified he attended the meeting, but left after a while, as the men spoke only about food and in Afrikaans.

Cellphone records

Nel pointed out Monye's cellphone records showed he was in another area of Pretoria at the time of the meeting.

He told him Gouws, Du Plessis, and Pieterse testified he was not at the meeting.

Nel asked Monye why he was lying.

"I can't remember," Monye answered.

On Wednesday Monye briefly refused to appear in court because he was upset.

"He wants to see Nico Henning [Chanelle's estranged husband] eye to eye. I said to him it was not possible. He said then he would rather rot in jail," his lawyer Matthew Klein told the court.

On Friday Nel asked Monye about his request to see Nico Henning.

"This is me here sitting answering questions pertaining to the murder of that lady who I didn't even know," Monye said.

He said he wanted Nico Henning there so he could tell the court if he (Monye) had done anything wrong.

The matter was postponed until Monday.

Comments
  • Karen Landman-Taylor - 2013-07-06 07:21

    Nico Henning- your days are numbered!

      Laurens Smit - 2013-07-06 07:48

      I agree. This is the beginning of the end. Monye is starting to crack after spending 2 years inside. Sooner or later he will come forward with the truth. This is starting to become very interresting.

  • Jabu Vd Berg - 2013-07-06 07:39

    And the truth shall set you free!maybe the ex husband should start looking at new schemes to hide his wife's murder,nico should also know better than to trust a Nigerian.well done Monye at telling the court who is really responsible for Chanelle's murder.

  • Mmangaka Molapisi - 2013-07-06 07:59

    Stupid, ex-Olympian Nigerian guy, you hair-do and those funny shades are going to offend the prosecutor and the judge too!

  • Errol Rudman - 2013-07-06 08:29

    Another parasite thug Nigerian! Get rid of these oxygen thieves!

      Judit Victor - 2013-07-08 12:58

      In the end it's the one who did the Hiring who is MOST evil! That's the coward who lurks in the background and that's the core of the evil which stll has to be exposed fully.

  • Kgabo Matseba Lelahane - 2013-07-06 08:56

    this monye is also responsible he must explain why was he at the meeting as well.where there is smoke there is fire.my plead to the gorvenment is to deport these nigerians

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-07-06 11:26

      The ANC government won't deport the Nigerians because there are members of the government with investments in oil in Nigeria or something like that and it would jeopardise their cosy arrangement with the Nigerian government. Quite apart from that the ANC have allowed our entry points and borders to become like a sieve that any and all "African" refugees can pass through bringing in drugs and tobacco and clothing etc which they can sell way below the prices that local people can do and they pay no tax to the government on these illegal goods. This case is all about money in high places and how they will protect criminals who are willing to murder innocent South Africans for money and drugs on behalf of those in South Africa. The customs officers on the boarder also score from these people streaming in here because their own countrymen have wrecked their countries. People with RDP houses make money because they can't find empployment and so let their houses to these illegal immigrants. Those illegal immigrants cannot open bank accounts to keep their money in and this makes them a prime target for criminals and anyone in SA in need of a quick buck.I am not sure whether this is not simply the African way or not but in effect these Nigerians are doing what South African people's ancestors were doing 400 years ago but the world has shrunk and changed. Other continents have effective ways to keep people out unless they add something like skill or money. Survival is a skill too.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-06 19:18

    Which very well known ex president said.. "all our African comrades are welcome in SA ???????????????

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-06 22:51

    More death, and murder

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