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National & Provincial
Mar 2 2012 7:11AM
 
Bail ruling for Henning accused
Andre Gouws. Source: Gallo Images
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The Pretoria Magistrate's Court is expected to rule on Friday on whether Andre Gouws, accused of helping to orchestrate the murder of Chanelle Henning, will be granted bail.

Closing arguments in the bail application were heard on February 16. In his closing arguments prosecutor Gerrie Nel pointed to the number of coincidences placing Gouws in the conspiracy that led to "the cold-blooded assassination of a 26-year old mother on her way to work".

He said these coincidences were too numerous to be believable.

During the bail hearing the court heard that cellphone records placed Gouws near Henning's home a number of times prior to her murder.

Nel said it was bizarre that cellphone billing records placed Gouws at the same pizza parlour on the same day and same time where Gerard du Plessis and Willem Pieterse claimed to have met him.

"If this was coincidence, then this applicant is the most unluckiest person," said Nel.

Du Plessis and Pieterse were earlier this year sentenced to 18 years imprisonment each, following a plea bargain agreement where they admitted their roles in the murder.

Nel pointed out that Gouws was the only accused to know Henning's estranged husband Nico.

Gouws' lawyer Anel Jacobs argued the case against her client was based on police speculation and dishonest witnesses. She said the State's case was based on "two co-accused (Du Plessis and Pieterse) who are dishonest, corrupt murderers who could not stand the test of credibility".

She said they were self confessed drug and alcohol addicts, a point Nel accepted in his argument, saying that "you just don't get a church minister to commit murder".

Gouws' two co-accused, Ambrose Monye and Preshan Singh, were expected back in court on March 29. Singh, who allegedly gave the gun to Pieterse that Du Plessis used to commit the murder, was out on R5000 bail. Monye was in police custody.

   
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