Henning willing to pay R5m bail

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Nico Henning, the husband of murdered Chanelle Henning. File picture: Etienne Creux

 Pretoria - Murder accused Nico Henning is willing to pay R5 million to get bail, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Friday.

In an affidavit Henning said: “I am presently in a position to secure R100 000,” he said.

“I am also prepared to offer a guarantee in terms of section 60 (13)(b) of Act 51 of 1977 in the amount of R4.9 million.”

Henning was arrested for the murder of and conspiracy to murder his wife Chanelle Henning.

He has been in custody since last Friday, when he handed himself over to police.

His estranged wife was shot dead in Faerie Glen in November 2011, shortly after dropping her son off at creche.

Henning and his wife were divorcing.

Two men, one of them Nico Henning's good friend, have recently been convicted for Chanelle's murder.

During their trial held in the High Court in Pretoria a few weeks ago, 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 during sentencing procedures.

An emotional Gouws told the court his best friend and friend of 24 years had offered him R1m to carry out the hit so he could get custody of the couple's now six-year-old son.

This was to be paid in monthly instalments of R50,000.

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

The State argued that Monye and Gouws conspired with two other men also convicted for the murder -- 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.

In the affidavit submitted in his bail application on Friday, Nico Henning refuted Gouws's allegations.

He looked stressed as he sat in the dock on Friday, wearing a black suit. - Sapa


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