Henning murder accused in plea bargain talks

2011-11-29 10:54

Two of five men arrested in connection with the murder of young Pretoria mother Channelle Henning have entered into plea bargain talks with the prosecution.

Prosecutor Andrea Johnson told the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court today that Gerhardus Petrus du Plessis (34) and Willem Pieterse (age unknown) were in plea bargain discussions.

Should the negotiations succeed, charges may be withdrawn against the two or they could get off with a lighter sentence, she said.

Johnson conveyed this to the court during the appearance of Du Plessis and Pieterse alongside a third accused, Andre Gouws (47).

The three will appear in court again on December 14. They will remain in custody.

Du Plessis, a suspended police detective, has already confessed to be the one who gunned down Henning.

The other two accused, Ambrose Monye (37) and Preshan Singh (24), were scheduled to appear in the same court later today.

Henning (26) was shot dead earlier this month while driving home after dropping off her five-year-old son at a preprimary school in Manitoba Drive in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

Witnesses told the police that two men on a motorbike overtook her car and fired several shots. One hit her chest, fatally wounding her.

Her car continued moving for about 100m before crashing into a rock on the pavement.

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