Monye accused of changing his testimony

2013-07-06 07:11
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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.


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.

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