Chanelle Henning: Ex phoned suspect

2012-01-17 22:34

Pretoria - One of the five men arrested for the murder of Pretoria mother Chanelle Henning received a call from her ex-husband a few days before her death, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Tuesday.

Investigating officer Captain Petrus van der Spuy testified that phone records indicated Andre Gouws was called from Nico Henning's phone on the weekend of November 6 2011.

Van der Spuy was testifying in the State's bid to prevent Gouws from getting bail.

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

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


Without giving a name, Van der Spuy told the court that police had yet to catch "the mastermind" in the matter and anticipated more arrests.

According to Gouws' affidavit, read to the court by his lawyer, he intended pleading not guilty to the charges when the trial started. He said he was severely assaulted when he was arrested, and again later during his detention.

"I've been threatened that I am going to be killed. I am afraid I will not be able to defend myself in court if I am not released on bail."

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

Gouws' bail application hearing was adjourned to January 24.

Former Nigerian Olympic athlete, Ambrose Monye, abandoned his bail application. He would be back in the Pretoria Regional Court on February 16.

Monye, 37, Gouws, 47, Preshan Singh, 24, Du Plessis and Pieterse were arrested in November in connection with the drive-by shooting of the young Pretoria mother.

She 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 creche.

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

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

  • Bob - 2012-01-17 23:18

    Just a matter of time and the husband will be arrested!

      Jules Thorne - 2012-01-17 23:55

      i always had the thought that the husband might be involved,maybe im right maybe im wrong,who knows hey

      Squeegee - 2012-01-18 07:21

      I certainly hope they have more evidence than one phone call. Suprised they havn't arrested him yet.

      Sandra - 2012-01-18 08:10

      Yes Bob, I still think he is behind this whole thing.

      Juicecard - 2012-01-18 08:31

      And from day one most of our detective bloggers were spot on!Why don`t SAPS detectives take a cue, well done guys!!!

      Ann - 2012-01-18 09:24

      So we have now established that the "mastermind" was the husband, which is what everybody has suspected all along ... What is most sickening is to see the husband weeping at the funeral whilst holding his son. WE REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHO WALKS AMONGST US ....

      procold2 - 2012-01-18 09:35

      i have said it from day one follow the ex,he seems to be a powerful guy cause nobody has spilt the beans yet and are keeping mum,the pieces will fall into place, if he has that much money arrest him on suspision now he is going to run.

      jbcloete - 2012-01-18 09:37


      marieta.theron.dejongh - 2012-01-18 11:54

      the way the police acts 'time' can be long..... c how they handled the kotze case....and not all leave effidence!!

  • Mabs - 2012-01-17 23:57

    I just want justice. There is a beautiful little boy that has to live with this tragedy for the rest of his life.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-01-18 00:01

    I think the same Bob - be sure your sins will find you out

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-18 00:36

    Wondering why it takes so long to find the 'mastermind'. Surely Gouws knows as we, the rest, can but guess who can it be. He should have thought of the consequences and his aged mother BEFORE commiting the crime or maybe he felt secure of doing it and using his mother as an excuse to get a more lenient sentence.

      Elize - 2012-01-18 08:37

      He has money and lots of it. He is powerfull and is the director of 32 companies. As the saying goes: "Money talks."

      Gregory - 2012-01-18 08:38

      For us, it's taking too long. We forget there are (really, there are, I'm serious..........) some damned good members of the force out there. I think they're making sure they have a watertight case so as not to have a bungled mess. Of course it's Nico. That's blatantly obvious to most. Well done to the SAPS on this one

      Jade - 2012-01-18 10:58

      @ Gregory...agreed! Nico is a very wealthy man and has a background in Law, i read in another article that they only released the info of Nico being a suspect now because any earlier and he would have the oportunity to do whatever on his side. they needed to do it this way in order to make sure all lose ends were tied up on their side...hence a watertight case! Im really glad this is out! Somthing pretty much everyone suspected...I hope this brings some sense of closure to her family!

  • Leendert - 2012-01-18 01:15

    Right, so slowly the pieces (which we all suspected but of course couldn't 'just' assume) are falling in place.

  • Grant - 2012-01-18 01:26

    The ex must be behind it. Why else would Chanelle have been 'hit'? Nothing has been suggested that she was involved in organised crime.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-18 02:14

    Sad part is, a little boy is nw going to live an orphan's life (a deceased mother and a jailed dad), all bcoz they cdnt sit down like adults and find the best solution 4 a boy both of them clearly loved...:(

      sikhumbuzok - 2012-01-18 06:14

      If dad is lucky he will b out in 4 yrs. Or justice will be selectively applied dis tym around

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-18 08:11

      Skhumbuzo premeditation alone is a stiff sentence, then u got conspiracy and all the other charges, he had ample time to call of the hit, like he did the first hit, BUT HE DIDNT, no my friend, he wont be dropping no soaps anytime soon

      samantha.maybery - 2012-01-18 10:09

      Well said Sylvester.

  • mario - 2012-01-18 06:13

    A little boy without a mother and without a father now.

      Gregory - 2012-01-18 08:39

      Better without THIS father if he killed her mother I'd say

      Louise - 2012-01-18 08:42

      father is garbage anyways

  • godesha - 2012-01-18 06:25

    Why am I not surprised?

  • Arthur - 2012-01-18 06:32

    Good thinking Mr Henning! You call a murderer from a traceable cell phone before the murder, and hire a Nigerian!! You really aren't too bright are you? Better make plans for a long stretch away from your luxury home!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-18 06:40

    Only a matter of time

  • Buti - 2012-01-18 06:52

    So many people murdered one person. The truth is with ex husband sooner or later he'll be in jail.

  • Donald - 2012-01-18 06:58

    We knew about this phone call last year already. Surely the first thing the cops would do is to find out who was on the other end of the line... How come it only 'comes out' now? this whole case is very very odd!

      dlawre30 - 2012-01-18 09:38

      Yes, but sounds like the other parties are now starting to speak up to try and get lighter sentances. Better the Cops do everything by the book and dot all yhe i's and cross the t's otherwise this murder will walk. He has serious money and probably well connected. Do it right or else he gets away.

      Sonja - 2012-01-18 10:20

      Donald it's not odd, the case only came up yesterday again, after the cops turned state witness and were sent to jail for 18yrs in Dec, it was there affidavit and all the facts put together to secure a watertight case against the Mastermind, the cops and everybody else knew that Nico Henning was the Mastermind, they have given him rope to hang himself, but gladly he did not cause he can hang himself on a rope of soap soon, when he sits in JAIL and suffers each day in silence for the rest of his life for taking the life of his son's mother, hope he rots in hell!

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-18 20:32

      it also takes some time (dnt knw why tho) for SAPS to get phone records frm the cellphone providers, mayb thats why it took tym to link it

  • atomasicchio - 2012-01-18 07:04

    I knew it was him from the moment this tragic story hit the news! Why has it taken so long to get this monster into court? May he get life imprisonment!

  • Wendy - 2012-01-18 07:05

    This child was put into foster care during the custody battle. This shows self interest and lack of care for him from even before the murder. It was only a matter of time.....madness.

      Sonja - 2012-01-18 10:26

      Wendy the reason the child was put into foster care is, his selfish father never brought him back after fetching him on his weekend visit from his mom, they were busy getting divorced, but Mastermind has to much money and played a dirty game, and now the child has no Mother cause the father decided that she must be removed from earth so that he could have the child all for himself...what a IDIOT, may he rot in hell!

  • Ian - 2012-01-18 07:10

    i knew t all along, hang the bastard, probally tried to get out of paying maintanence, sick scum

  • jodi.kruger - 2012-01-18 07:12

    Oh surprise surprise!

  • Nitro - 2012-01-18 07:32

    I bet there will be like 5 or 6 different reports from News24 about this story

  • Deon - 2012-01-18 07:39

    Allways thinking that he is the mastermind. I bet anybody Mr. Henning didn't sleep to well last night.

  • Lana-May - 2012-01-18 07:40

    There will always be that little thing they call Karma!

  • Fanie - 2012-01-18 07:43

    This just shows how stupid criminals are. Wonder how his childhood was like because such a person, most probably had no mother, to do this to his child. What about the police leaving the child in his care?

  • pberchu - 2012-01-18 07:50

    I knew the X was behind it from the start. Only an X can think of his childs mother as a "Bitch". The little boy's life has taken a major turn. Yet, Divorces are about 2 adults that seperate not destroying a child's life. When men realise that Divorces will be easier.

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 07:54

    It is logic to most that her hubby must have been involved. Sh....t his friends did it, without his input? Pls.

  • Schmee - 2012-01-18 07:59

    I think there are a heck of a lot of men in South Africa that need to go for anger management therapy. So many cases lately where men just kill their partners or like in the Kotze case where he tortured her. So much hatred and anger and no control.

  • Chantelle - 2012-01-18 08:06

    i dont understand why this man has not been taken in for extensive questioning? surely, if he had been, then the reason for the phone call would have been revealed? he is definitely involved. sad sad story.

  • Mel - 2012-01-18 08:18

    The biggest danger in a womans life is a man...

  • Archie - 2012-01-18 08:27

    The wheels of justice grind slowly.better to catch him with the ducks all in a row.Bloody troll.

  • Stack - 2012-01-18 08:30 new reported this morning that the husband is now a suspect - for pete's sake took them long enough !!

  • ruda.sealie - 2012-01-18 09:20

    I knew it!

  • Sonja - 2012-01-18 09:36

    Always knew Nico Henning was behind it, they wanted to give him enough rope to hang himself but lucky he has not cause he needs to suffer each day for the rest of his life in JAIL, hope he rots in hell for arranging the death of his only Son's Mother....RIP Chanelle!

      martincandis.vanstaden - 2012-01-19 17:37

      Hi Sonja did you know Chanelle. You sound verry unhappy as u and any body that knew her has the right to. I know I am, just glad the has been building a strong case against Nicco.

  • Lizelle - 2012-01-18 09:41

    geez its SOOO obvious! *Duh!*

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-18 09:43

    I'm blown over that the Nico is still walking around free!! The fact that Gouws received a call to postpone the hit from his cellphone, is surely enough to at least detain / question him about that. My worry is that he's a high flight risk and could take off. He's got loads of moolah.

  • Hendrik - 2012-01-18 10:09

    About 4 or 5 days ago I was wondering why everything about this case that made so many headlines had gone off the radar. I'm sure we were all waiting for the news that the "mastermind" behind the hit has been arrested. Even now we still do not have that. Wait a bit longer to arrest the individual behind the whole thing and he may just be GONE when eventually they decide to go after him.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-18 10:31

    Wow, I thought it was clear from the start that the husband should've been a suspect. There are just too many loose ends here. A mother gets whacked by some serious wannabe gangsters, whose motives were what exactly ??

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 10:38

    Who else? He was my suspect No 1. In the Modimole case the SAPS looked everywhere, except in Modimole, where he was caught. We do not have, bar a few exceptions, any decent detectives left in the force. Competency has made place for colour ratios!

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-18 11:08

    It's just a matter of time then her ex will also be behind bars!!

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-18 11:11

    I really don't care whether he gets assaulted every minute of the day, Chanelle did not have time to plead for her life to be spared. When will the husband be arrested, is he a man of status that the perpetrators are afraid to expose him??

  • Michelle - 2012-01-18 11:20

    Said from the start that the husband organised the hit! Give his "friends" enough rope and they'll hang him!!

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-01-18 13:09

    The tragedy here is that there is now a child who will not grow up with either of his parents.. And just so by the way OF COURSE the ex was behind it all along, obviously couldn't handle losing the custody case & poor sod had probably never heard of arranging for visitation - idiot, he deserves all he gets and he will deserve having his child despise him later on in life for taking his mother from him...

  • Herbert - 2012-01-18 14:51

    Ek onthou een van die eerste reaksies op hierdie moord was iemand se kommentaar " GAAN HAAL MAAR VIR PAPPIE ".

  • suzan.oosthuizen - 2012-01-18 15:47

    We knew Chanelle personally and after everything she told us, we knew all along it was him...He also only spoke about Benji as "the Baby" so I hope that this countries justice system is up to standard to get him behind bars, where he belongs for life!!!

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-18 16:00

      Sorry for your loss Suzan.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-18 18:53

    Damn incompetent cops. Two months on they pick up what they should have known in the first 48hrs. Pathetic. If the killer didn't confess they would still be guessing whodunit

  • Afzal Ahmed - 2012-01-18 23:23

    Gosh SAP! This Nico guy has got money n flies his own plane, better be doing something quick?

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