Murderer blames husband in Chanelle Henning killing

2013-12-05 12:39

A man convicted of murdering Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning broke down in the North Gauteng High Court when he fingered her husband, Nico, for her murder.

“Nico Henning, her husband, commanded me to get her killed,” Andre Gouws said today in Afrikaans as he started crying.

“The motive for the murder was to get full custody of [their child]...,” he said.

Wearing black tracksuit pants and a turquoise T-shirt, Gouws said he would testify against his best friend.

He said Nico Henning had feared he would not get full custody of the child and had previously asked for his help to portray his wife in a bad light.

The court heard Henning had previously asked Gouws to kill his brother after they had a disagreement.

He said Henning offered him R1 million to order the hit on his wife.

Earlier, the court heard that Gouws (49) decided to do what was right after looking at his daily Bible study book, “What would Jesus do?”

The trial took a new turn last Wednesday when Gouws offered to help with investigations into the others who were involved in the murder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel disclosed this in court when sentencing proceedings were about to start. He asked the court to remove Gouws to the Villieria police station so he could consult his attorney.

The court was scheduled to start hearing 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, Pretoria, in November 2011, shortly after dropping off her son at a crèche.

Gouws and Monye pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to an alleged conspiracy to commit the murder.

The state 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 had asked him to watch her to see if she used drugs. The couple was divorcing and was fighting over custody of their son.

The case continues.

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