Chanelle: Ex's good friend linked to hit
Hanti Otto and Hilda Fourie, Beeld
Pretoria - A close friend of the murdered Chanelle Henning’s estranged husband has been arrested in connection with her death.
The man will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday. He was allegedly the link between the person who ordered the hit and those who arranged it.
Husband Nico Henning was questioned by police after his wife’s murder last Tuesday, but released.
The couple had been involved in a messy divorce for three years.
He reached an agreement with Chanelle’s parents after her death that he would have custody of their son, Benjamin, but on Thursday he delivered him to other people who will look after the child until February.
Chanelle was shot dead by a man riding pillion on a motorbike after she had dropped Benjamin at his pre-school in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.
The case now involves at least five accused. In court on Thursday were Ambrose Monye, 37, a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, and Preshan Singh, 24.
Monye allegedly hired the killers, while Singh is accused of providing the weapon.
On Wednesday suspended police officer Constable Gerhardus du Plessis appeared in court after handing himself in to police.
He has reportedly confessed to pulling the trigger in the murder. It was his confession that led police to Monye and Singh.
The man due in court on Friday will appear with yet another accused, who allegedly drove the motorcycle on which Du Plessis rode to commit the crime.
Yet another man, drug addict Deon Schoeman, 20, was also in court on Thursday, accused of stealing the murder weapon, although not linked directly to the Henning case.