Henning murder case moved to high court

Pretoria - Nico Henning, accused of the murder of his estranged wife, Chanelle, will be tried in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in October.

Henning appeared briefly in a packed courtroom in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday. The matter was referred to the superior court from 5 to 9 October.

Henning is to be tried for the murder of his estranged wife and conspiracy to commit murder.

The 26-year-old mother was killed in a drive-by shooting shortly after dropping off their child at a creche in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, in November 2011.

Henning's friend Andre Gouws, 49, and Nigerian former athlete Ambrose Monye have both been sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

Two other men, Gerhardus "Doepie" du Plessis and Willem "Pike" Pieterse, are serving 18-year prison terms after confessing to their roles in the killing.

Gouws testified during his sentencing proceedings that Henning paid him R1m to carry out the hit so he could get custody of his child.

Henning handed himself to the police in Villieria, Pretoria, on 6 December last year, following Gouws's testimony the previous day.

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