2 in court for Chanelle Henning murder

2011-11-17 12:49

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.


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.

  • Herman - 2011-11-17 12:56

    And the plot sickens.......

      Herman - 2011-11-17 13:09

      Now this will get the News 24 Detectives going....who, why, what, when and how........

      Herman - 2011-11-17 13:34

      Margie, I have learned that speculation is the same as assumption, which as we know is the mother of all mess ups....

      Willie - 2011-11-17 13:44

      take them to the gallows,we will discuss the merit of the case later

      Herman - 2011-11-17 14:29

      All in a days work Margie :-)

      Lorraine - 2011-11-17 15:42

      Maybe Charnelle was about to blow the whistle.

  • jpcronje - 2011-11-17 12:59

    What is the motive??

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:02

      Custody of the child is the most probable motive. I hope I am wrong.

      Levett - 2011-11-17 13:03

      It points to something drug related but let's rather see what the police investigation shows.

      Cy - 2011-11-17 13:06

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

      Bardy - 2011-11-17 13:24

      Thats been on everybodies thoughts since this happened! I would also like to know!

      Flowingriver - 2011-11-17 13:26

      Drug money owed.....maybe!

      Hans - 2011-11-17 13:30

      Probably a love triangle? There could be many possibilities.

      Mlungisi - 2011-11-17 14:05

      "Several intelligence community insiders, speaking on condition of anonymity, claimed the motive for the murder was financial, with a person close to Henning supposedly owing the drug lord a substantial sum of money." according to Sowetan

      Silvana - 2011-11-17 15:44

      I heard on a news report that it was Du Plessis that owed the drug money and he repaid his debt to the Nigerian by murdering Chantelle Henning.

      rbczovczov - 2011-11-18 08:32

      Seems like South Africa is the easiest country in the world to find yourself a dirty and corrupt cop to do all your dirty deeds for you, for a fee of course.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-17 13:01

    but of course we should respect the police and do what they say, right up until the bastard steps outside the bounds of his authority and legality then shoot the bastard before he shoot you. The "New Souf Africa" where the only justice come out of the barrel of a gun.

      John - 2011-11-17 13:10

      Unfortunately it seems that you are right.

  • Hlamalani - 2011-11-17 13:02

    Cant wait to know the motive? is it drug related? children custody? May she RIP.

  • dlawre30 - 2011-11-17 13:04

    Du Plessis handed himself in to the cops on Monday evening? The murder only took place on Tuesday morning? Yet they state that he admitted to pulling the trigger?

      John - 2011-11-17 13:11

      I think have your facts wrong.

      En - 2011-11-17 13:15

      *facepalm*.....Tuesday last week. Monday this week...6 days in between.

      Herman - 2011-11-17 13:16

      There were days between that mentioned Monday and the previous Tuesday......

      Deon - 2011-11-17 13:21

      6 days

      Harry - 2011-11-17 13:22

      She was killed last week Tuesday, and he handed himself in on the following Monday!!!! That makes it this Monday gone, nearly a hole week later!!! Read properly before you wright a comment that make you look the fool!!!!

      CarlS - 2011-11-17 14:20

      Almost nailed "write" there Harry. Next time.

      mark.davy2 - 2011-11-17 14:26

      dlawre30 , easy on the caffeine there dude!

  • Hemant - 2011-11-17 13:04

    the whole pack of cards are crumbling quite quickly -so glad

      pberchu - 2011-11-17 13:46

      Yep...but how long will her family wait for our justice system to dish out the jugdement???years like the Dewani case& the millions more. That is justice failing the innocent

  • Atholl - 2011-11-17 13:07

    Could it be that 'Chanelle Henning, 26, was shot dead' not knowing that she had inadvertently got involved with the Drug Underworld? She might have witnessed a vital event - that together with the docket disappearance placed her 'innocently' in the firing line of a 'Big Gun Druglord' ?

      Priester - 2011-11-17 13:30

      Let's make a movie!!! :-))

  • Robbin - 2011-11-17 13:35

    Good work police, get them.

      pberchu - 2011-11-17 13:48

      well done to the SAP & then out courts let them off on suspended sentences & technicalities. Justice is a joke. Just think of the rhino poachers!

      Van - 2011-11-17 21:18

      The Kebble killer walked by turning state witness.

  • Gladys - 2011-11-17 13:36

    Her poor poor child. I hope they get to the bottom of this soon.

  • Robbin - 2011-11-17 13:38

    Get all the people that was involved with it, put them in jail for life !!

  • Mariëta - 2011-11-17 13:41

    No Chanelle did not do drugs and she Worked @ a school. A drug dealer were paid to kill her and he paid drug users to do the job..

  • Gaby - 2011-11-17 13:43

    I guess we are all waiting to hear what the motive was. I have been following this and all the comments with quite some interest. It is amusing to see that now that we have a white, a black and an (presume) indian (Singh) involved, all the racists have suddenly shut up! Ha ha!

  • swiid86 - 2011-11-17 13:44

    whats funny is that the two who has been arrested is complaining that they where assualted while in police custody, but yet the two were involed in killing a person and expected royal treatment. I just can't grip it how people think these days!~!

      Gail - 2011-11-17 18:03

      The two complaining of assault were involvedbut the policeman pulled the trigger so while they may have knowledge of the crime and be accessories they appear not to be the killers so their complaints are maybe because pressure was put on them to fess up. That doesn't make them sissies or whatever, accessories to the crime perhaps. Meantime someone in Despatch in the E. Cape has also been detained for questioing regards this thing. Name not revealed as yet as case still at a delicate stage. Nigerians, Indians, white policeman, blacks and she worked at a school? Who did the murder dockets which were stolen relate to? Maybe that is the key to motive.

  • Gys - 2011-11-17 13:47

    Harry that is write! Please check your spelling!

      mark.davy2 - 2011-11-17 14:27

      Ho Boy!

      Deon - 2011-11-17 16:16

      The English is confusing us, also have a problem at times with right, wrigt, write and even rite.

  • Afrikopite - 2011-11-17 13:55

    Nothing racist this time around. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Nothing barbaric from 10 century blacks, ohh another child custody case, ohh no Mrs Jones Love triangle no no no Mrs KnowItAll INSURANCE my dear.

  • Henning - 2011-11-17 14:10

    whatever the motive may be, she is gone. Her son will never see his mother again. So at this stage I feel the motive for her murder is irrelevant. I am just happily surprised how swiftly these monsters have been caught. Well done!

      Minnie - 2011-11-18 08:27

      The motive is of critical importance. The person behind Chanelle's murder must think he is invincible or too clever to be caught. He will be found out. The only person who anyone cares about now is Benjamin - the child has already suffered enough emotional trauma as a result of having parents that were unable to put his well-being before their own. Usually it is the result of one unreasonable parent who also has access to money.

  • Koos - 2011-11-17 14:23

    let them all be hanged in Public.... and let their families watch!!! and that should go for all the killers, rapists, molestors out there!!!

  • Mariëta - 2011-11-17 14:26

    Chanelle were my family .. I can think what i want but cant say what i want .. But all i can tell you she did not do drugs ..Some one paid them to kill her ..

      Marieta - 2011-11-17 16:47

      Ek hoop net hulle vind almal wat deel geneem het in haar moord. Hulle moet vir die res van hulle lewe in die tronk sit !

  • Martinet - 2011-11-17 14:28

    BUT WHY??? Can anyone ask just ONE of the suspects... WHY? Why must a little boy cry himself to sleep???

  • Perrine - 2011-11-17 14:43

    What a strange case (CI)SA single mother,drug lords,policeman,labourer, security officer what is going on she innocent u mean people can just assasinate you without any connection with me here

      Mariëta - 2011-11-17 14:50

      She were bussy with a big divorce case .. Husband is wery rich .If there is money it takes long hey ..

  • Kevin - 2011-11-17 15:58

    These thugs are all still alive and some kid has no Mom. It makes me sick . Come on cops, sort this scum. See if they are man enough or only good to hurt beautiful young woman

  • maniza.ahoua - 2011-11-17 16:14

    but why????????????????

  • brett.scheepers - 2011-11-17 17:08

    Ambrose Monye is already on bail of R2000 for killing a motorist earlier this year.He beat him to death in a case of road rage. He should have been deported then already.They should send all the Nigerians home and see how the crime drops!!!!

      Juicecard - 2011-11-17 18:05

      i hate nigerians and their evil vices

      Sheik - 2011-11-17 21:47

      Nigerians are here because there is no law and order.

      Marilyn - 2011-11-17 23:11

      He was acquitted just last week.

      Kevin - 2011-11-18 10:32

      Nigerians/Congolese/Somali's/Zimbabweans....we've become a haven for all these misfits to come and ply their dubious trades ...and know extremely well that their chances of be convicted are 50/50.As a nation we must evict them as soon as possible!!!

      Afrikopite - 2011-11-18 14:18

      Nice one Kevin, now start by taking all South Africans all over the world close all SA Embassies and live happily ever after.

  • Marilyn - 2011-11-17 23:14

    According to EWN, a close friend of Nico Henning's was arrested and will appear in court tomorrow. It is alleged that this latest suspect commissioned the hit on Chanelle.

  • Renu - 2011-11-18 07:45

    And WHY does this donkey singh have to cover his face????....

  • Caroline - 2011-11-18 08:39

    The sad reality is that the husband is most likely to be the one behind the whole thing - How tragic that a little boy must bare the brunt of parents who were just to selfish to make sacrifices to make their marriage work. How many kids are out there that live in similar circumstances?

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