Chanelle Henning killers get 18 years

2011-12-14 11:52

Pretoria - Pretoria policeman Gerhardus du Plessis and Martin Pieterse were found guilty and sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years’ imprisonment for the murder of Chanelle Henning.

The pair appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court at the conclusion of plea bargain negotiations with the State.

The two are part of a group of five men arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting of the young mother on November 8 in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

The two pleaded guilty to all the charges and were sentenced to five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and three years for the possession of ammunition.

The sentences will run concurrently, which means they will serve an effective 18 years behind bars.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-14 11:59

    Justice is done. RIP Channelle. I hope the find the mastermind behind all this!

      Charmaine - 2011-12-14 12:34

      This is not justice, they should get the death penalty. They are going to eat and sleep and shower and drink our water in prison, which the Tax Payers are going to pay for.

      Bardy - 2011-12-14 12:44

      @ Charmaine – They agreed to a plea bargain! I think this is a pretty good sentence! It’s the mastermind that they need to track down and imprison for life without parole!

      Madeleine - 2011-12-14 14:06

      I am sure that we all aware that since the death penilty has been removed it is a "free to kill" card to any one! Bring it back and the change in crime as a whole will be clearly visible!!!

      brand0nbradley - 2011-12-14 15:52

      @Bardy. I do not think that this is justice at all.

      Andries - 2011-12-14 17:53

      Bardy, you are wrong. Justice had NOT been done. This was pre-meditated first degree murder, and furthermore, this plea-bargaining is - like the moratorium on the death penalty - an easy-out for criminals. They should have been given real life terms with no parole.

      Snotty - 2011-12-14 17:55

      @ Charmaine put away for 18 years is their 'death sentence' do you know what is going to happen to them once the gangs know of their crime? their soft ass's will be rough in no time they will be screaming for mama when they get raped and assaulted.........haha ha everyone will be happy and the Henning family will sleep peacefully and Chanelle will be smiling in Heaven .........SOB'S

  • jhavenga1 - 2011-12-14 11:59

    18 Years???... should be life time !!!

  • Mobby - 2011-12-14 11:59

    18 years is not in jail will do or give them 1.5kg of Cocaine and send them to China. *execution#

      elizabeth.vandyk - 2011-12-14 15:20

      Agreed Mooby, 1.5kg cocaine and off to China, then at least our tax payers wont have to foot the bill for their prison stay...........

      karen.hartabrie - 2011-12-14 15:44

      I like Mobby. I agree.

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-14 11:59

    Is 18 years enough? Justice system corrupted. I mean how can the guys get such a lesser sentence? How about a child who is gonna grow without a mother?

  • Cindy - 2011-12-14 11:59

    why only 18? That child now has to grow up without ever knowing his mother. Why do they come off so lightly? This is unfair, they should have gotten life

  • Merven - 2011-12-14 12:00

    The question is still: who was the mastermind and what was the motive?

      JuditVictor - 2011-12-14 12:18

      Well she very much told her family to watch out for her life, that if anything ever happened to her that they must never let HIM the HUSBAND get his hands on the little boy. So there's a bit of a smoking gun.

      Thozi - 2011-12-14 12:54

      That's right, the motive! For as long as we do not know the motive, 18 years will seem too short. But once we know the established motive behind the crime, we may think differently. Until then, the benefit of the doubt should be that the court has applied its mind correctly.

      Hans - 2011-12-14 16:13

      @JuditVictor - The police say they know the motive and since these guys entered a plea bargain, the police would also know who the killer is. If it was the husband, then wouldn't they have arrested him a long time ago? The police did go on record and say he is not a suspect, so they MUST know who the person behind this horrible killing is.Why are they wasting time in arresting this person?I am sure the family is seeking closure and somehow will feel that 18 years isn't enough.

      Shannon - 2011-12-15 08:47


  • Phumezo - 2011-12-14 12:00

    Our justice makes my stomach turn. An ailing old man who happen to take R 167 000 from his man gets 15 years only a three year difference with murderes! We will forever say that a total overhaul on our justice system needs a serious relook and priority on our policy conference next year!

      drishworth - 2011-12-14 12:05

      I agree Phumezo - crime needs to be punished but how can a bribe willing taken but also willingly given be anywhere as evil as killing a young, innocent mother? I can only assume that the leniency of the muderers sentence was necessary as part of the plea bargain to reveal the mastermind - who will then hopefully pay with a life sentence.

      Nyiko Ngobeni - 2011-12-14 12:13

      Pumedzo. Murder and corruption are not the same thing. So are the sentences. Corruption has a minimum 15 yr sentence no matter the amount. Murder and homicide have flexible sentences. These two got a lower sentence because they helped the state in its case. Watch what the master mind and others will get. If ur not ignorant u will also know that a person can be excused from a case and walk free if they turn state witness. So the 18 years is fair. Also, don't judge a case from a distance, that's why ppl like me spend years in law school and still have to keep studying for life

      Marcel - 2011-12-14 12:37

      @Nyiko - if you take off your legal hat and put on your humanity cloak - do you still think 18 yrs is sufficient for a murder? I'm not a (lifetime)law student so I'm not aware of the sliding-scale in effect in our current judiciary system, buy eish, one would hope its not that flexible for murder. Defense or prosecution - which side are you on?

      JuditVictor - 2011-12-14 12:49

      to Drishworth....... and then he too will be too ill te stand trial.

      Zion - 2011-12-14 15:02

      Phumezo, is not this ailing man perchance our friend Selebi. If yes then bear in mind that Selebi was in a position of trust which he destroyed for the love of money. Selebi's salary must have been close to a million per annum.

      Hans - 2011-12-14 16:16

      The people that gave Selebi the money were linked to the underworld. We will never know how much blood was on that money.

  • IanBerry001 - 2011-12-14 12:01

    what was the motive for the murder?

      Stella - 2011-12-14 14:54

      Ian i believe road rage!!!!!could that be for real to lose a life for that ?

  • Trevor - 2011-12-14 12:01

    wow you take a life and only get 18 lousy years... where is the justice in that?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-14 12:07

      Its not justice but merely process

  • Moss - 2011-12-14 12:02

    Thumps UP ,If SAPS and justice department canwork so effective on all cases like these ,then I declare pure peace and safe south africa with no doubt

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-14 12:04

    This is amazing! This unfortunate woman was killed about a month ago and her killers are sentenced already. And Jub Jub? Do the courts only function when it suits them?

      Herman - 2011-12-14 12:17

      And this in December! Obviously the admittance of guilt helped in the sentencing, but yes I agree with you.

      Abel - 2011-12-14 12:19

      and not only that i am happy they r goin to jail but i am worried about the quick response to arrest them while we are having so many madders and still the criminals haven't been caught yet i guess money and skin makes the world go around in SA *julius malema accent*

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-14 12:27

      @Herman. Yes I forgot the courts are in slow motion during December. @Abel. Yes Brother. If only SAPS would take care of us all in this manner, this would be a much safer place for our kids. In China they execute people with anything drug related, here we allow them to make a mockery of our judicial system.

      Sharon - 2011-12-14 12:30

      No ............Jub Jub has money and is paying for a long drawn out case.....the same as all the others with money

      Herman - 2011-12-14 12:37

      The day all in SA can be protected by the law and feel they will recieve true value from our judicial system, then this country will start moving forward. All crimes must be punished and criminals, whoever they are must not be allowed any freedom after being sentenced, not even ex generals or low life wife killers.

      Hans - 2011-12-14 16:20

      @Ibhubesi , I agree with Herman. These guys all pleaded guilty and helped the cops out. Jub-Jub is denying everything and hence the dragging of the case. I just wish for his sake and for the family concerned that he takes full responsibilty for his actions and then we will have a swift closure, so that the family can ease their pain.

  • Ruth - 2011-12-14 12:04

    and what about the mastermind??? Is this what a mothers life is worth? SA Justice system, you disappoint me more everyday.

  • Riaan van Loggerenberg - 2011-12-14 12:05

    How can they be sentenced for 18 years only? They literally executed a young woman, in the prime of her life. 18 years? WTF?!? Have these thugs even admitted to why the murdered her? No wonder SA is in the state its in.

      CarlS - 2011-12-14 13:11

      Mikey Schultz is serving zero years for killing Kebble. By comparison, 18 years is a win.

  • Bryan - 2011-12-14 12:07

    It was a plea bargain which is often a natural course of justice in exchange for giving up the monster who planned this! Will be interesting to see what transpires after all the beans have been spilt..!!

      Afrikopite - 2011-12-15 15:50

      Well said Bryan. I think the state should have opposed the plea bargain because the case was all theirs for the taking. 18 yrs is injustice to the family of CH, her friends and child and more-so the public who'll just watch and have no power at all. At times these courts suck and wish I had a way of putting tik in their pockets and send them to China.

  • pberchu - 2011-12-14 12:07

    How can this be? wen the mastermind is still at large. Its injustice...further, how come this case gets done & dusted so quick yet others are stilll being remanded years later? Somethings not well here!

  • wendy.olivier - 2011-12-14 12:07

    Is that all? Disgusting!!!!!

  • Bob - 2011-12-14 12:07

    15 years for disclosing classified information and only 18 years as a cold blooded murdering hit man.....What a lot of cr@p...!

      Herman - 2011-12-14 12:18

      Nogal ne.

  • sascha.opper - 2011-12-14 12:08

    18 years and out in 9? just not right

  • Kobus - 2011-12-14 12:08

    They should have gotten the death penalty.

  • lizelle.babin - 2011-12-14 12:09

    I still suspect the husband is the mastermind behind the hit. What other motive is there?

      Craig - 2011-12-14 13:56

      i suspect you are right .. what worries me is if it is the X why is he still roaming the streets knowing he has alot of money and influence ? Surely the currently incarcerated would have 'spilt the beans' on him by now ??

  • Napolita - 2011-12-14 12:09

    Wow...I would imagine justice would include the truth that led or surrounds the crime! Why did they kill her? Of all the people in Pretoria why her???? Who is/are being protected?

  • Howard - 2011-12-14 12:10

    Why a plea bargain.This should only happen if the cops can't prove their case. Smells of Kebble murder

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-12-14 12:12

    Colourless nature of crime once again being proved here!

  • andre.vanwyngaardt - 2011-12-14 12:12

    -NET AGTIEN JAAR- Maar net agtien jaar kry hulle in die tronk. Hoe gebeur dit? ... Was die regter dan dronk? Haar lewe skootafgaan-skielik van haar weggeruk. Haar kind, nou ma-loos; 'n jong lewe verongeluk. Sommige kry lewenslank en ander net agtien jaar. Dinge soos dié maak my kwaad en naar! - André van Wyngaardt

  • Marcel - 2011-12-14 12:13

    Quite a quick turnaround time for the two hitmen...a bit of swift justice when there is a guilty plea on the table. I wish a conscience was a factor in all apprehended criminals. Hopefully, all of the other alleged conspirators are promptly prosecuted and convicted, especially the mastermind behind this seemingly random and senseless killing. Related to this, unless one actually has first hand information of the crime (and has the guts to go to the police) refrain from speculating until the facts come out. This is not a victimless crime so for those trolls, be a bit more sympathetic.

  • cherry.burchell - 2011-12-14 12:14

    This is justice? Disgusting!

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  • Michael - 2011-12-14 12:15

    Our justice system should equel our constitution. When all are convicted and this unfortunate matter is put to rest we can comment on the pat on the back these two killers received. their speedy sentencing is good but I disagree with plea bargains. There was enough evidence to put them away for life!

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-14 12:17

    what was the motive of this killing? AND who was behind it?

  • pramika - 2011-12-14 12:17

    Should have been an Eye for an Eye!!

  • allison.steedman - 2011-12-14 12:22

    shocking. A little boy has been robbed of his mother and his childhood and these animals get away with 18 years in prison, and they will probably be released in some presidential pardon long before the 18 years is up anyway - what price do we put on life in the country.

  • kerrimg - 2011-12-14 12:22

    they should of got life sentances and never have a chance to get out of jail

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-14 12:22

    The case was handled quickly? yes because the cop handed himself in and confessed there was no need for loads of evidence to be presented to convict. only 18 years? yes plea bargain they helped police to find the other people who had a motive for the murder- they were just guns for hire

  • kerrimg - 2011-12-14 12:22

    why is the husband not mentioned i still think he was the mastermind of this

  • John - 2011-12-14 12:24

    Plea bargains have become a bit of a joke. Can detectives not gather sufficient evidence without having to resort to plea bargains to get convictions. 3 men walked scot free after admitting to killing Kebble This all because the prosecutors wanted Selebi. There was no need for this as Agliotti would have spilt the beans anyway to save his miserable skin. 18 years for shooting an innocent young mother is not justice. Shocking!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2011-12-14 12:25

    All of you complaining about this sentence must hold it for now. You should know by now that an accused person can either turn state witness and walk free, or help the state in its case and get a reduced sentence. If you think you can fault this reasoning then go to law school and call me in six years. No point spraying ur emotions on this as if u know better than the court

      cherry.burchell - 2011-12-14 13:14

      Nyiko, the fact that one can escape appropriate justice based on turning state's witness or helping the state does not say much for our or any other justice system. Eighteen years for a heinous crime because you helped do the state's work is VERY cold comfort to a young son or her parents who lost a daughter and will NEVER see her again whereas these scum get out to continue their lives. How is this justice I ask?

  • Sagree - 2011-12-14 12:26

    South Africa's justice system is too lenient on criminals. No wonder we have foreign idiots coming here to hire criminals to do their dirty work. Besides that, disgusting crimes like rape against our women and especially our children, are just a slap on the wrist for the criminals. They enjoy prison life in SA, knowing they will be out soon enough and then off the find their next victim. Harsher penalties need to be enforced.

  • Oceanh - 2011-12-14 12:26

    and yet we still dont know the motive?

  • tebogophora - 2011-12-14 12:27

    So quick

  • Hulisani - 2011-12-14 12:31

    Its interesting that many murder cases draggs for years before anyone is convincted and this one is done in a month time

  • Donald - 2011-12-14 12:32

    It is s plea bargain, in other words, you tell us (the State) what really went down so that we can arrest the masterminds so that we can get a conviction. In return, we offer you less strict sentence. Although a plea bargain can work in some cases, my view is that it sucks in this case, as the killers are WORSE than the person(s) who feel they have motive for what ever reason. These guys are cold blooded murderers who did this deed for gain

  • Charmaine - 2011-12-14 12:32

    They can kill a human beings for 3 kilos of drugs, why can't they kill these murders as well. How is this Justifiable Justice? These murderers show get the death sentence. God says: Oh ye who believe, forgive and overlook all Human Faults, before death cots you off and ye shall not get a chance to came back and mend your conduct.... , But how can we believers forgive these criminals who murder and rape our Children? Only God Knows.

  • jacques.koorts - 2011-12-14 12:32

    You guys, they obviously went into plea bargain as early as possible to protect the mastermind. Serving a few years in jail and getting a little bonus when they walk out was a strategic decision the convicts took.

      CarlS - 2011-12-14 13:12

      "went into plea bargain as early as possible to protect the mastermind" - Explain... Quite the opposite outcome is expected in a plea bargain, ie exposing the mastermind.

  • Perfume - 2011-12-14 12:32

    Papa wag vir al die ouens....18yrs is definitely not enough, it will never bring back the Mom of the little boy. What was the motive, will we ever know??

  • Michelle - 2011-12-14 12:34

    Chanelle wasn't afforded the right to plead for her life so why were these scum allowed to plead for theirs??

      Herman - 2011-12-14 12:40

      Good question, why does any scum criminal have any rights?

  • myrna.andrews1 - 2011-12-14 12:39

    This is disgusting!!! And still no reason for her being killed!

  • Piet - 2011-12-14 12:44

    Just to clarify... 18 years falls into the span of what is considered "life imprisonment" in South Africa. Basically Life imprisonment comes in three sizes in SA... small (10 years), medium (15 years) and large (25 years). You can get multiple sentences where you serve one after the other, like if you're a serial killer and you've murdered 10 people you can get an effective 250 years in prison, but for one murder the max you can get is 25 years... There are of course ways of making this longer if you've committed additional crimes. There is no such thing as a standard life imprisonment where they lock you up forever (perhaps in other countries but not here). In South Africa when you say life sentence it means max 25 years. Actually these guys did get an effective medium sized life sentence. Personally I think a life sentence should be 100 years without parole, or a public hanging.

      Perfume - 2011-12-14 13:32

      Hanging would be fine, the families of these murderers can still visit them in prison, a little boy is left without a Mom, and one day when he is an adult he will never know why his Mom was killed - they should of met the same fate. Chanelle did not have time to plead for her life, she did not have time to ask them to spare her life because of her little boy, why should these murderers serve a sentence because of a plea.

  • Craig - 2011-12-14 12:46

    Such a Pity that this is what the Human life is worth....18yrs....I still believe in an eye for an eye, these guys need to be put to death!!

  • Nyati_Photo - 2011-12-14 12:50

    Should have go Life without the chance of parole

  • Shaun - 2011-12-14 12:51

    The reason behind Chanelle's murder has still not come out and I hope now that these 2 persons have been sentenced, that it will - I still suspect the husband has something to do with it