State continues to fight Monye's bail

2012-07-13 19:07

Pretoria - Former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye, accused of murdering Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning, would have a problem living with his brother because they did not get along, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court that the State would present evidence in the former Olympian's bail hearing to counter his claims of a fixed address.

A statement by Monye's brother, Peter, in which he said Monye could live with him and his fiancée in their flat in Montana pending his murder trial, was handed in as evidence in Monye's bail application.

Nel said he wanted to put on record that Peter Monye's rental agreement only made provision for two people living in the flat.

The rental agent said it had not been arranged that a third person would be staying there, and objected to such an arrangement.

Peter Monye's statement was also in conflict with Monye's evidence that his brother stayed with his wife in a small flat in Sunnyside.

The rental agreement for the flat in Montana was signed in September last year - well before Monye testified - and would terminate at the end of August, Nel said.

The state would lead evidence that the two brothers did not see eye to eye, which would make Monye's residence with Peter problematic.

Peter Monye said in a statement that an advocate friend of Ambrose's had offered him a place to stay, but withdrew the offer after being aggressively questioned.

Peter Monye and his fiance had agreed, after a family meeting, that his brother could live with them.

Nel previously accused Ambrose Monye of lying when he claimed police had assaulted him after his arrest.

Monye insisted his wrist had been broken, that his hand was still swollen, and that police had injected him and given him drugs.

He claimed he had not known Henning before the 8 November murder, and had never met her estranged husband, Nico.

Monye, Andre Gouws, Preshan Singh, Willem Pieterse and Pretoria police detective Gerhardus du Plessis were arrested in November in connection with Henning's murder.

Two men on a motorbike shot Henning dead as she was driving along Manitoba Drive in Faerie Glen, east of Pretoria. She had just dropped off her child at a pre-school.

Pieterse and Du Plessis in December last year pleaded guilty to Henning's murder. They are each serving an 18-year jail term for their roles in the murder.

Singh, currently out on bail, is negotiating with the prosecution about a possible plea bargain deal.

Monye's bail hearing was postponed to 24 July.

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-13 20:22

    Interesting story a nigerian thug trying to be honest.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-13 20:32

    Even this story of the brothers not getting along can be part of an elaborate scheme to pave way for Ambrose's escape. You just don't know when these guys are lying or telling the truth. And that's just about the start.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-14 09:41

    This is all very confusing. Two men imprisoned for 18 years for being implicated in Henning's murder, and yesterday, the parents of a young boy each got 10 years for causing his death. His parents literally beat him to death. There is no justice here in any of this. The taking of a life should be paid with a life - not 10, 18, 25 years - life. Where you get old and die in jail. Or you lose your life - at the end of a rope or a needle. That's justice.

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