Henning trial delayed

Andre Gouws has been given new legal representatives in the Chanelle Henning murder trial.

A picture of Chanelle Henning is placed on a tree with flowers at the spot where she died on 8 November, 2011. The Pretoria mother was killed shotly after dropping of her son in Faerie Glen. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - The prosecution team in the Chanelle Henning murder trial on Monday said delays would prejudice their case.

The matter was postponed until Wednesday because one of the accused, Andre Gouws, does not have legal representation.

Last week, Gouws fired his advocate.

In November 2011, Henning was shot dead moments after dropping off her son at a pre-school in Faerie Glen, east of Pretoria.

It was largely expected that Gouws would delay proceedings in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

His Legal Aid advocate said there was a breakdown in trust between himself and Gouws, but a legal representative from the Law Society was on hand to take up the matter on his behalf.

Judge Johan Kruger told Gouws he will be represented by council when he returns to court on Wednesday.

Kruger said the matter cannot be delayed in the interest of justice.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court the state was ready to proceed.

The judge told the five witnesses in court they must return later this week.