Monye led Gouws to killers

2013-07-03 21:54
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 - Former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye introduced Andre Gouws to the two men who killed Chanelle Henning, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Monye and Gouws have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to murder Henning, who died in a drive-by shooting outside a Faerie Glen creche in Pretoria on 8 November 2011.

Monye was in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, where he was acquitted on another murder charge, when Henning was shot.

The State alleges Monye and Gouws conspired with former policeman Gerhardus "Doepie" du Plessis and Willem "Pike" Pieterse (alias Tattoo) to murder Henning.

The two are serving 18-year prison sentences after confessing to the murder.

Monye described their evidence that he and Gouws were involved in the murder as "a very big lie".

Monye said he worked as a security guard at clubs and as a bodyguard, but also helped people to employ security guards. He met Gouws at a Pretoria restaurant and worked for him in his club.

He said he met Pieterse and Du Plessis when they came to him looking for jobs as bouncers.

"They were lazy and always said the money was too little. They just wanted to hang around and get money for drugs and enjoy themselves," Monye said.

Needed drugs

"I introduced them to Gouws. There was a time when Gouws approached me and said he needed two white bouncers to work as security men."

Monye introduced them to Gouws at a car-wash.

He admitted attending three meetings between Gouws, Du Plessis and Pieterse before Henning's murder, but said their discussion was in Afrikaans, which he did not understand.

He said Pieterse came to his flat and showed him a firearm, but he denied giving the man instructions about the firearm.

Monye supplied Du Plessis and Pieterse with money and drugs.

"I would call them and they would not respond, but any time they needed drugs from me they would call me," he said.

Monye testified that the two and Gouws were among a group of friends and family who supported him at the magistrate's court on 8 November and afterwards celebrated his acquittal at a pub in Sunnyside.

He said they were there for a long time, because he had given his car to Du Plessis and Pieterse to fill up its air conditioner.

He claimed the two did not mention a word about the murder, but that he later learnt from the police they were the killers.

Cannot identify

Monye said he gave money to Pieterse only because he was under the impression that his sister was dying and that he urgently needed to get to her.

He once attended a braai at Du Plessis's house, but denied ever asking him if he was prepared to kill people.

He said he did not know Henning, did not know where she lived and had not gone to her place in Faerie Glen.

He had also not met Henning's estranged husband Nico Henning, and Gouws had not mentioned the name or discussed the murder with him.

"I've never met him [Nico] before. We cannot identify each other," he said.

Monye denied a statement by prosecutor Gerrie Nel that he lied to the police and contacted the two killers immediately after a meeting with the police because he wanted them to get away.

The trial continues on Thursday.

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