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Henning murder trial resumes

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Johannesburg - The trial of two men accused of killing Pretoria woman Chanelle Henning continues in the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday.

On Tuesday former police officer Willem Pieterse, serving a jail term for his role in the murder, told the court that Ambrose Monye should tell the truth about Henning's murder.

Monye, a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, and Andre Gouws stand accused of murder, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to procure an illegal firearm and ammunition, possession of an illegal firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. They have pleaded not guilty.

Pieterse and fellow police officer Gerhardus du Plessis claimed Monye hired them to carry out the shooting and promised them R10 000 each.

Both accepted a plea bargain and were convicted in December last year of murder, conspiracy to murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of unlicensed ammunition. Each man was sentenced to 18 years behind bars.

Matthew Klein, for Monye, put it to Pieterse that the only jobs his client ever hired him for were petty security jobs.

“Yes, I did jobs for him. They were to sell drugs and to kill Chanelle and those were not petty to me,” he replied.

He told the court Monye and Gouws met him and Du Plessis on various occasions to arrange Henning's murder. On one of these occasions Gouws warned them that Henning's child should not be harmed.

Two men on a motorcycle shot and killed Henning, 26, while she was driving her car in Faerie Glen, Pretoria East, on November 8, 2011, shortly after dropping off her child at a creche. - Sapa


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