Picture : Masi Losi
Picture : Masi Losi

Henning trial: Gouws takes the stand

By Sapa Time of article published Dec 5, 2013

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Johannesburg - A man convicted of murdering Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning took the stand in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Dressed in a black tracksuit pants and turquoise T-shirt Andre Gouws stood casually giving the court a summary of his background.

The court heard that Gouws, 49, decided to “do what is right” after looking at his daily Bible study book “Wat sal Jesus doen? [What would Jesus do?]”.

On November 27, the trial took a new turn when the convicted murderer offered to help with investigations into who else was involved in the murder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel disclosed this in court as sentencing proceedings were about to get underway and asked the court to remove Gouws to the Villieria police station so that he could consult his attorney.

The court was scheduled to start sentencing proceedings after finding Gouws and former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye 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 had not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to commit the murder.

The State had argued that Monye and Gouws conspired with former policeman Gerhardus “Doepie” du Plessis and Willem “Pike” Pieterse (alias Tattoo).

Du Plessis and Pieterse are serving 18-year prison terms after confessing to their roles in the murder.

In his testimony, Gouws admitted that Chanelle's husband Nico Henning asked him to watch her to see if she used drugs.

They were going through a divorce and fighting about custody of their child. - Sapa

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