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Henning judgment due in November

Closing arguments concluded in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye (L) and Andre Gouws (R), accused of murdering Chanelle Henning, appear in the North Gauteng High Court on 21 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA – Judgment in the Chanelle Henning murder trial is expected in November.

Closing arguments in the trial of murder accused Andre Gouws and Ambrose Monye concluded in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Henning was shot dead moments after dropping off her son at school in Faerie Glen in November 2011.

While it took prosecutor Gerrie Nel almost three hours to conclude his arguments, both defence lawyers were done in 45 minutes.

Both argued the accused had nothing to do with Henning’s murder and the state’s evidence was weak.

But Nel demonstrated how the state had a strong case and referred to undisputed facts, evidence and the timeline that corroborated their version of events.

Nel said the pair were exposed as poor witnesses and were compelled to lie to the court because the evidence clearly pointed to their guilt.

During cross examination in July, Nel argued evidence showed that after the murder, the first person the killers called was Monye, who then immediately called Gouws.

Soon after that, Gouws withdrew R44,000 from his bank account.

Nel believes this was paid to the assassins.

Willem Pieterse and Gerhardus du Plessis have already been convicted for Henning’s murder.

The duo claimed Monye hired them to carry out the shooting and that he promised them R10,000 each.

Gouws claimed he followed Henning at the request of her estranged husband Nico.

(Edited by Gia Kaplan)

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