Chanelle accused in plea bargain talks

2011-11-29 13:16

Pretoria - Two of the five men arrested in connection with the murder of young Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning have entered into plea bargain talks with the prosecution.

Prosecutor Andrea Johnson told the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday that Gerhardus Petrus du Plessis, 34, and Willem Pieterse, age unknown, were in plea bargain discussions.

She said should the negotiations be concluded earlier, the matter may be disposed of by the court on or before December 14.

Johnson conveyed this to the court during the appearance of Du Plessis and Pieterse alongside a third accused, Andre Gouws, 47.

The three will appear in court again on December 14. They will remain in custody.

Du Plessis, a suspended police detective, has already confessed to being the one who killed Henning.

The other two accused, Ambrose Monye, 37, and Preshan Singh, 24, were scheduled to appear in the same court later on Tuesday.

Henning, 26, was shot dead earlier this month while driving home after dropping off her 5-year-old son at a pre-primary school in Manitoba Drive in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

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.

  • Go - 2011-11-29 13:22

    Not one of them deserve a lighter sentence, they all need to get life in prison !!!

      Samuel - 2011-11-29 14:26

      They must hang, Church square is pretoria will do

      camp.j - 2011-11-29 14:47

      Erm... i'm confused??? How can charges be withdrawn against the dude that pulled the trigger? Even if he was paid off, he's still a killer or am i wrong?

      CarlS - 2011-11-29 15:03

      Tell that to Mikey Schultz.

  • John - 2011-11-29 13:23

    might find out now who the ring leader is and why they did this, my bucks are somehow still on the ex.

      Ashley - 2011-11-29 13:45

      With you on this....there must be a reason to order this hit. It is always connected to the ex-husband. Die K*K gaan die fan strike.

      BA - 2011-11-29 14:15

      Agree but then again ... no-one gets murdered for no reason!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-29 13:28

    They sought her death, we should now be seeking their death! Bring back the death penalty!

      Sharon - 2011-11-29 14:37

      AMEN to that Ivan........maybe we can stage a march

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-11-29 14:42

      I just heard that she smuggled drugs, and that she was killed to prevent her from making the information known. Apparently this had nothing to do with the husband. Has anyone else heard this?

      Laetitia - 2011-11-29 19:25

      @Jaio, where did u hear this

  • Serena - 2011-11-29 13:31

    Stuff that ! Let the cops do their investigating properly and they can all rot in jail! Lighter sentence or all charges dropped my @ss!!

  • Theresa - 2011-11-29 13:32

    She had no chance to bargain for her life...they shouldn't have the chance to bargain for theirs..

  • JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-29 13:45

    Get the info, then give lighter sentence. Instead of 10203 years in jail, make it two less.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-29 13:55

    Plea bargain my a#s!!! Rather hear the pleas of an innocent child who is now without a mother!!! You did the crime now do the TIME!!![hopefully a VERY long time]

  • Brian - 2011-11-29 13:56

    Death Penalty only solution to much worthless scum in this country

  • Roy - 2011-11-29 14:03

    ALL of these bastards should be sent to prison for life. This is the problem with our law that you can commit murder and get away with it by entering a plea bargain. This should NOT be allowed.

  • comurray - 2011-11-29 14:03

    Rather let them all sit inside for 90 years each with NO chance of parole. Death sentence far too quick. They will all get HIV/AIDS while inside however who cares??

      Elmari - 2011-11-29 21:18

      Us as tax-payers should care... who do you think pays for prisoners to eat 3 square meals a day, watch DSTV and receive ARV's?? it's you and me, the one's working and dutifully paying our various taxes. Out taxes should rather be paying for those less fortunate outside the prison system.

  • mishymoo - 2011-11-29 14:09

    He confessed now he should hang!

  • Koos - 2011-11-29 14:10

    ok.... but why????????????

      Deon - 2011-11-29 14:21

      They are getting desperate to get the mastermind? This will be sad if a drug addict murderer could get off.

  • Bryan - 2011-11-29 14:14

    Let them plea bargain and get off... but put their photo's on the front page and let street justice take it's course... An eye for an eye you cowards..!!!

  • Hugh - 2011-11-29 14:15

    Just a stone in the bush here, husband not connected (as yet) Nigerian drug lord paid for the hit. what the hell was she involved in that would cause the dregs of society to come after her? Anyone considered that yet? Could be (not saying it is) that she was pulling tricks and decided to quit. Pimp not impressed and calls a hit? Just speculating......since the cops dont seem intrested in the ex husband which is still my guess.

      JoaoFlickr - 2011-11-29 14:46

      I just heard that she smuggled drugs, and that she was killed to prevent her from making the information known. Apparently this had nothing to do with the husband. Has anyone else heard this?

  • Sharon - 2011-11-29 14:36


  • Dmitri - 2011-11-29 14:53

    You live (or die) by the choices you make in life.

  • PilgrimX - 2011-11-29 15:21

    I was wondering, can the intellect of a "new South African" be measured by the stupidity of SA criminals? The stupid and daring things people of this country do lately astounds me.

  • nick.lithgow1 - 2011-11-29 16:52

    This has the stench of dirty politics about it

  • Gail - 2011-11-29 19:28

    The actual killers or weapon are taking a plea bargain for lesser sentencing in exchange for fingering the actual mastermind who hasn't yet been arrested. Strange that Andre Gouws the husband's friend is not entering into the plea bargain as well.

  • Philip - 2011-11-30 09:16

    Personally, I think that the ex husband is involved with the dealer and owed him money, he couldn't deliver on payment, so they ordered a hit on his wife. happens too regularly in the drug world, addicts get indebted to the dealers, cant deliver and tragically, the family pays for it.

      Hugh - 2011-11-30 11:38

      something stinks, I'm of the idea that this girl may not be the sweet innocent rose every one is making out her to be. Big difference between a hit and a random murder. The old theory of where there's smoke there's fire. The cops are sitting on the motive, guaranteed if he was involved he would be inside with the others long ago.

  • lucyann.whyte - 2011-11-30 11:26

    nobody has stated why she was executed...when is that coming out?

  • Phanuel - 2011-11-30 12:17

    Someone educate me, "what is a plea bargain", someone gets arrested for committing a crime, the cops persuade him to spill the beans on who masterminded the deed and one gets a lesser sentence, so if they are not "persuaded" they won't say, why not just give them 5 life sentences and lets see if they won't say

  • Ockie - 2011-11-30 12:53

    It would be interesting what the plea bargain entails. In SA you can request parole after 10 years if you received life improsenment. Then again after 15 years and like most of the rest of the world again after 25 years. 10 Years for scumbags like these, are not a lot of time.

  • elizabeth.vandyk - 2011-11-30 15:28

    @ Elmari, U are absolutely right, we the tax payers pay for them to have free meals, medical, and education while in prison. It might be an idea to make them earn their meals etc by having to work for what the get in prison instead of having it all for free. In years gone by, convicts were use to work in gangs on roads,building sites etc. much like the chain gangs in USA. Imagine the houses, roads and other necessary projects we could build with this cheap labour, and the amount of tax money that would be freed up for other uses!!

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