Henning in dock over Chanelle’s murder

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Pretoria - The husband of slain Pretoria mother Channel Henning appeared in the Pretoria’s Regional Court on Friday on a charge of killing her, police said.

The case against Nico Henning was postponed to December 10 for a formal bail application, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

He handed himself to police in Villieria, Pretoria, on Friday morning, accompanied by his lawyer, Dlamini said.

On Thursday, the High Court in Pretoria heard that Nico Henning allegedly manipulated his best friend and commissioned him to arrange the murder.

Daan Mostert, for convicted murderer Andre Gouws, 49, asked Gouws if he thought Henning had manipulated him when he allegedly ordered the hit on his wife.

“Without a doubt,” Gouws responded.

An emotional Gouws told the court his best friend and friend of 24 years had offered him R1 million to carry out the hit so he could get custody of their child. This was to be paid in monthly instalments of R50 000.

He said he would testify against Henning and had decided to tell the truth because “it was the right thing to do”.

Gouws and former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye were found guilty of the contract murder of Henning. Henning, 26, was shot dead in Faerie Glen in November 2011, shortly after dropping off her child at a creche.

Gouws and Monye pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to a conspiracy to commit the murder.

The State argued that Monye and Gouws conspired with former policeman Gerhardus “Doepie” du Plessis and Willem “Pike” Pieterse. Du Plessis and Pieterse are serving 18-year prison terms after confessing to their roles in the murder.

The two men are in the process of being sentenced. - Sapa

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