Henning: another arrest expected

2011-11-19 00:00

PRETORIA — Another two men appeared in court yesterday in connection with the murder of Chanélle Henning (26), and detectives expect to arrest the person who planned her assassination this weekend.

André Gouws (47), a good friend of Henning’s estranged husband, Nico, yesterday appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges of conspiring to murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Investigators suspect Gouws to be the link between the person who planned the murder and Ambrose Monye, a Nigerian who allegedly arranged the hit in front of her son’s crèche.

Gouws appeared with Willem Marthinus “Pike” Pieterse, who allegedly rode the motorbike from which the murderer fired the fatal shots through the window of Chanélle’s car.

Gouws’s friend, Estelle Hepburn, also attended the hearing and said Gouws and Henning have known each other for several years.

Gouws also attended the Hennings’ wedding in 2006.

He is reportedly working as a debt collector and sometimes undertakes private investigations.

It is not known if Gouws did any debt collections or investigations for any of his co-accused or the mastermind behind the assassination.

Hepburn sat in the public gallery just behind Gouws during the hearing.

“The love of my life appears [in the dock] today. The whole case is awful. It is not nice that he is being detained. This is something you only read about in the Huisgenoot,” said Hepburn.

Henning was shot last Tuesday in front of the crèche in Faerie Glen, in Pretoria east,where she had just dropped her four-year-old son, Benjamin.

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