2 in court for Chanelle Henning murder

2011-11-17 12:49
Suspended policeman Gerhardus du Plessis, who's admitted pulling the trigger in the attack in which Chanélle Henning died, is taken from the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to a waiting police vehicle. (Theana Breugem, Beeld)

Suspended policeman Gerhardus du Plessis, who's admitted pulling the trigger in the attack in which Chanélle Henning died, is taken from the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to a waiting police vehicle. (Theana Breugem, Beeld)

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Pretoria - Another two men appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday in connection with the recent murder of a young mother in Faerie Glen.

Ambrose Monye, 37, and Preshan Singh appeared before magistrate Maryke De La Rey on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Their appearance in court follows that of 34-year-old policeman Gerhardus Petrus du Plessis before magistrate Desmond Nair in the same court on Wednesday.

It also follows the arrest of a fifth suspect on Wednesday night.

Assaulted in police custody

Chanelle Henning, 26, was shot dead last Tuesday while driving home after dropping off her five-year-old son at a pre-primary school in Manitoba Drive.

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 100 metres before crashing into a rock on the pavement.

Lawyers for the two men told the court their clients were seeking medical attention because they had been assaulted while in police custody.

De La Rey ordered that the two men receive medical attention after their court appearance.

The court heard that Monye, who is a Nigerian-born naturalised South African, worked for the company Big Boy Security while Singh was a general labourer.

The matter was postponed for further investigation, until November 23 when the two men would appear with Du Plessis.

It was expected that the two would also make a formal bail application on November 29.

Arrests

On Wednesday, police said four people had been arrested for Henning's murder and that Du Plessis had confessed to being the one who "pulled the trigger".

Gauteng deputy police commissioner Major General Nobesuthu Masiye said Du Plessis, a suspended detective constable stationed at the Hercules Police Station in Pretoria, handed himself over to police on Monday night.

He had been suspended two weeks before the Faerie Glen shooting for allegedly stealing two murder dockets.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said a fifth man was arrested on Wednesday night.

He would appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday, together with the fourth suspect.

Masiye said police had recovered the revolver used to kill Henning, but that the motorbike used in the attack had not yet been found.

Further details, including the possible motive for the killing, could not be revealed as the investigation was at a "very sensitive stage", Masiye said.

This included the question of whether any of those arrested matched an identikit released by the police over the weekend.

Singh covered his face with his jacket as he and Monye were loaded into a police van after the hearing on Thursday. Monye lowered his face so it was covered by his dreadlocks.

- SAPA

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