Chanelle's ex not arrested - cops

2012-01-19 11:06

Johannesburg - The ex-husband of Chanelle Henning had not been arrested by Thursday morning, Gauteng police said.

"Nico Henning has not been arrested, I can't say more than that," said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

Police questioned Henning shortly after his estranged wife was killed in a drive-by shooting in Faerie Glen on November 8, but he was released without charge.

Mogale said she was not at liberty to say whether there were plans to arrest Henning.

On Wednesday, she confirmed that police were following up on information after it emerged in court that he was a suspect.

'Mastermind' still at large

Police interest in Henning was renewed on Tuesday when investigating officer Captain Petrus van der Spuy testified in Pretoria Regional Court that "the mastermind" of the murder was still at large.

He did not provide the name of the person suspected of orchestrating the crime, but referred to calls made from Henning's phone to murder-accused Andre Gouws.

According to evidence heard in court earlier during the trial of former policeman Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem Martinus Pieterse, "a caller" had instructed Gouws to postpone the hit because "the bitch had the baby this weekend".

The couple had previously been embroiled in a custody dispute over their 5-year-old son. Chanelle won.

Gouws, Pieterse, du Plessis, Ambrose Monye and Preshan Singh were arrested in November.

Gouws's bail application hearing was adjourned to January 24, while former Nigerian Olympic athlete, Monye, abandoned his bail application.

Monye was scheduled to appear in court again on February 16 with Singh, whose R5 000 bail was extended on Tuesday.

Du Plessis and Pieterse were convicted on December 14 and were sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment each, in a plea bargain.

They pleaded guilty to the murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and illegal possession of ammunition.

  • logical007 - 2012-01-19 11:25

    Like cludo.......Its the husbands boyfriend, with the cell phone, in the husbands house.

      Ann - 2012-01-19 11:31


      procold2 - 2012-01-19 11:49

      maybe not so far from the truth,sounds far fetched ,husbands boyfriend or girlfriend is a posability,doubt it though i think its him, as ann saidits only a matter of time and we will know

      dean.obree - 2012-01-19 13:47

      A little off point here, but who is the beneficiary on Chanelle's investments, portfolios, life insurances etc? Maybe a point to investigate? By the way, I think it was the ex-husband, with a cellphone in his office.

  • Morne - 2012-01-19 11:52

    Arrest the guy if he is a suspect! Especially before he does more harm to anyone else especially the child from where it seems this whole thing started.

      botha.elzaan - 2012-01-19 13:51

      Sorry to say but I do not think they will arrest him even if he is a suspect. A burglar broke into my neighbour’s house, the owner of the house caught him red handed and when police arrived they said he is only a suspect and he will probably be set free. After he broke into the same house twice and wore the stuff he stole the first time. I’m telling you...I do not know hey!

  • dlawre30 - 2012-01-19 11:52

    I hope that they have taken his passport so that he cannot skip the country.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-19 11:53

    This docket has been bought. Period. How can the police have all the killers, and two months on they don't know who hired the buggers?

      godesha - 2012-01-19 13:02

      I am beginning to think so too. Money talks...

  • helen.derobillard - 2012-01-19 12:15

    The sespects wont reveal the ex husband as the master behind the crime I am sure the ex husband has paid the family members a huge amount of money, that is why the suspects wont reveal what they know

  • swavka - 2012-01-19 12:23

    Money talks.Shame did you see all those crocodile tears he shed at the funeral.

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-19 14:08

    Still can't believe that Nico has not been booked :+(. (Hope to Sh*t his passport/'s have been nabbed). Hell I know money talks and he has loads, makes me wonder what really is going on in the background......

  • Ian - 2012-01-19 15:22


  • Ringo - 2012-01-19 16:38

    Typical corupt police dragging their feet to make arrest,just like the lolly jackson murder!!

  • Grant - 2012-01-19 19:08

    Nico had a motive, he wanted custody of his kid. Why else would Chanelle have been gunned down in a professional hit? There is no mention that she was involved in anything. If she had been Nico would have brought it up during the custody battle and it would be well known by now. It reminds me of the Dewani case.

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