Chanelle Henning accused threatened ex-wives

2012-01-24 15:28

Pretoria - The man accused of arranging the murder of Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning had tumultuous relationships with two former spouses, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Tuesday.

Andre Gouws allegedly fired shots at his first ex-wife in 1994, investigating officer Captain Petrus van der Spuy testified.

His second wife, who lives in the Free State, obtained an interdict against him in 2007 after a spate of "threatening and manipulative" text messages.

Van der Spuy said Gouws' debt collecting business appeared to be almost non-existent.

He said Gouws had told a prospective client he collected debts for his clients by taking pictures of debtor's families and children and then sending the photographs to extract the debt.

Danger to society

Van der Spuy described Gouws as "a danger to society and [who] does not respect the country's laws".

The officer was giving evidence in opposition to a bail application by Gouws.

He testified that phone records indicated Gouws had sent Henning's estranged husband Nico two text messages on the day Henning was murdered.

Police picked up the messages from detailed billing records obtained from the cellular phone company, but they had been deleted from Gouws' phone.

Last week, the court was told that Gouws was called from Nico Henning's phone on the weekend before the murder.

In the trial of former policeman Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem Martinus Pieterse, the court heard the caller instructed Gouws to postpone the hit scheduled for that weekend because "the bitch had the baby this weekend".

Du Plessis and Pieterse were convicted on December 14 of the murder and jailed for 18 years under a plea-bargain.

Will plead not guilty

The Hennings had a son, aged 5 at the time of his mother's murder. The couple had previously been embroiled in a custody dispute, which Chanelle won.

According to Gouws' affidavit, read to the court by his lawyer, he intended pleading not guilty to the charges when the trial starts.

He said he was severely assaulted when he was arrested, and again later during his detention.

However, on Tuesday Van der Spuy told the court that Gouws refused to vacate his cell to allow prison warders to conduct a standard search.

He said the warders had used the "necessary means" to get him to vacate his cell.

In his affidavit, he stated he was the custodian for his 70-year-old mother to whom he gave financial support.

However, Van der Spuy said on Tuesday investigations had revealed that Gouws' mother lived with his sister in Port Elizabeth and had done so since December.

Prior to that, according to the detective, she lived in Alberton up until the sale of her house there.

Van der Spuy said that Gouws' mother had given the money to her son.

"The money is gone," said Van der Spuy.

Chanelle Henning was shot by two men on a motorbike while driving in Faerie Glen in the east of Pretoria on Tuesday, November 8 2011, moments after she dropped off her son at the Morning Star Montessori crèche.

  • khanyib1 - 2012-01-24 15:39

    What a pathetic piece of sh#$%.

      The Real Unskinny - 2012-01-24 15:58


      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 18:13

      Tick tock... Just a matter of time for ex-hubby.

  • reinhardt.moller - 2012-01-24 15:41

    "Don't blame the ex-husband for the murder" - This is what comments read two months ago! Hmmmmm...

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 16:02

      maybe we have called this all wrong myself included. maybe hennings only crime was owing some gangster money, if you look at all the bad eggs involved with this and thats why he has not beeen arrested, before i say somthing again i am going to wait and see.

  • Gregory - 2012-01-24 15:42

    Nico Nico Nico Nico - when is it gonna happen?

  • Janice - 2012-01-24 15:43

    You see, their true colours always shine in the end!!!

  • George - 2012-01-24 15:44

    He must love wedding cake. Three times

      Craig - 2012-01-24 16:18

      How do you get to 3. Dont be to quick to answer, perhaps read the story again. This story is not stating that its her husband (Nico Henning) that shot at ex-lovers. But rather the person that arranged the hit (Andre Gouws)

      George - 2012-01-24 18:13

      @ Craig, he went to his friends wedding just before the shooting, for more wedding cake

  • Jan - 2012-01-24 15:45

    Well, if he fired shots at his ex wife... Let him rot in prison, so they can fire shot into his a****s. We dont want him out. hie is a danger to SA, he is just like Kotze.

  • Koos - 2012-01-24 15:50

    ok.... so come out then with the mastermind!?!?!?!?!? surely they must know by now who it is?????

      Karoo - 2012-01-24 17:52

      another police fabrication??

  • shrieker.daenyme - 2012-01-24 15:55

    The 5 year old boy has lost both his parents with this mess. My heart goes out to that child.

      Karoo - 2012-01-24 17:53

      He still have his father ?? Or do you know something we don't ?

      Gail - 2012-01-25 09:20

      I seem to remember one of the reports said that neither Chanelle's parents nor her husband had custody of the child which probably means he is in the care of someone else appointed by the state.

  • Archie - 2012-01-24 15:59

    People who murder should hang, because it will save a fortune in jail costs Really bad apples dont belong in this world,turn them into compost,

  • lmarima - 2012-01-24 16:02

    The police and justice system must develop a strategy the will effectively deal with these stupid killings of innocent women.

      Kosie - 2012-01-25 14:27

      why only women, how about all innocent people

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-24 16:02

    Good for the "likkewane" get him out of that cell!! And do the normal "standard" stuff.What an excuse for a human being.

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-24 16:31

    Andre Gouws is a pathetic excuse for a man!! He's a danger to all in society!!

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-24 16:31

    Lets hope this evil parasite and that Kotze vermin really experience the "correctional" aspect of being inside for the rest of their lives.

  • Valerie - 2012-01-24 16:59

    Ex-Husband MUST be involved !! What would the other 3 Monsters gain from killing Chanelle Henning.

      Gail - 2012-01-25 09:36

      Gouws and Henning were associated through money loan business. Gouws was also owed money by the other guys who were guns for hire and couldn't pay Gouws so it sounds like he said he'd do an exchange for their lives (read debts) if they took out Henning. It sounds as though Gouws threatened to kill Chanelle because he was owed money by either Chanelle or Henning himself and the way he collected debt was by threatening the family and loved ones of those he was owed money by. Henning wanted custody of his kid and so he wouldn't have cared if Gouws killed her, but he didn't want his kid injured. This may well be why the police are not taking him in, because he didn't order the hit. It certainly sounds as though he could have stopped it from happening by giving Gouws money but that didn't suit him. The guys who did the shooting were low life drug dependents who owed Gouws money as well which he borrowed from his mother. Maybe she was demanding her money be returned and Gouws was broke hence the whole chain of events. That is how I read it.

  • Craig - 2012-01-24 17:08

    I have a brother in law like this... soon to be ex inlaw

  • Fanie - 2012-01-24 18:04

    Wait everybody! You will soon hear ( 1-3 years and after 10 tax paid lawyers)who was behind the, who "dunn" it.

  • ttrevenen - 2012-01-25 10:35

    He wasn't assaulted enough in my opinion... he's still damn well breathing. Andre Gouws and Nico Henning should be given life sentences (that actually mean life - i.e. they eventually die of old age in prison) with hard labour thrown in. If he gets bail I'm gonna be really peed off!

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