Ex denies killing Chanelle

2012-01-20 08:14

Johannesburg - The husband of murdered Pretoria mom, Chanelle Henning, has denied being involved in his estranged wife’s death.

Nico Henning’s lawyer, Werner Bruyns, told Eyewitness News that his client was not involved in the attack.

Chanelle Henning was shot dead in a drive-by shooting moments after dropping off her son at pre-school in November.

In a dramatic twist, it recently emerged in court that her estranged husband had called his close friend, Andre Gouws, before the shooting, allegedly asking him to delay the murder.

Gouws was arrested in connection with the murder and is believed to have organised the hit.

The Hennings were involved in a custody battle over their 5-year-old son and a decision was expected within days when the murder occurred.

While police have said that Henning is a suspect, there are no indications that he will be arrested soon.

  • procold2 - 2012-01-20 08:23

    from all the media reports i dont see another motive except the custody battle and the messy divorce,why have you got a lawyer and not speaking for yourself,think as soon as the police have the correct evidence that will stick in court connecting you to the murder your days on the outside will numbered mr henning.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-20 08:36

      Just a matter of time. This self serving statement means nothing.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-01-20 10:42

      Well he's not going to admit it now is he? He had motive, he was probably not going to get custody of the child. His friends are all shady characters ! Given time and enough evidence this killer who didn't want to dirty his own hands will sit !

      Gregory - 2012-01-20 11:07

      Well, if his attorney said he isn't involved, then I guess that's it, case closed. Now they'll have to look for the real mastermind I suppose. YEH EFFING RIGHT! Did we think he was gonna go 'oops, okay, caught out hahahahaha, yep, it was me, sorry for not saying so before, come and get me now'. As for the lawyer, well, everytime he has to take an instruction from Nico, it's not less than R1000 in his pocket. Believe a lawyer - yep right - I'd believe Zuma first, or Mal-Enema

      nasheenar - 2012-01-20 11:18

      Why has he not been arrested yet???

  • SGL - 2012-01-20 08:25

    Where there is smoke, there is fire.

      winston.mullany - 2012-01-20 14:22

      Yeah and I hope they fry his ass!!!

  • matthew.maurin - 2012-01-20 08:26

    As if he was going to say: "OK guys. You got me. Let's roll on that prison term. I was thinking 18 years would be fair." Come on.

  • Bryan - 2012-01-20 08:27

    If this bastard isn't involved then why all the cloak and dagger BS...? Can't wait for the whole truth to show it's ugly face!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-20 08:27

    Wow, News24, this comes as a surprise I just cant believe he would deny involvement, DUH!!

      George - 2012-01-20 11:21

      He is telling the truth that he was not involved with her death. He was not there, he had soneone else do the deed. Another Bill Clinton Classic

  • Siso - 2012-01-20 08:31

    Just wondering how this guy sleeps at night knowing that he arranged for his wife to be killed and clearly he doesnt dervese to be a father to their 5 year old.

      Ayanda - 2012-01-20 09:33

      He was at the funeral sobbing!!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-20 09:50

      @Ayanda: And the Modimolle Monster lay on the bed next to his wife and professed how muc h he loved after killing her son and mutilating her and allowing her to be gang raped by gardeners/labourers??

      Chantelle - 2012-01-20 10:57

      @randomhero u really believe that,after his cellphone records show he called his friend, who, just days later, carried out a hit on his wife (the wife he was involved in a messy custody battle with) who, months later, confessed in court that his orders came from the husband... that he didnt organise this?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-20 12:28

      woah what are you on about??? @pulchritinous...

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-20 08:35

    Like he would admit it...

  • Vic - 2012-01-20 08:38

    He is guilty

      Sandra - 2012-01-20 09:12

      I agree, just a matter of time before hes arrested and bought to justice.

  • logical007 - 2012-01-20 08:41

    You are judging this man by reports in the media? You do not have the full story - you never will. The full story will only come out in court - which. unless you are there, you will not hear, once again only bits the media want to sensationalise. Now News 24 are known to get most fact wrong at the best of times? lets not be the judge jury and hangman, as in the Dewani case but hear the FACTS! Here is alternative: Nico could have had a boyfriend or a girlfriend who arranged the hit without his knowledge - called from his (Nicos') phone?

      Barbara - 2012-01-20 08:48

      Why? Then frame the boyfriend? Sorry @logical007, good try ...

      Schmee - 2012-01-20 09:05

      It was the mother-in-law I tell you. She used her son's phone. We all know how nasty mothers-in-law are. :P

      Chantelle - 2012-01-20 10:57

      please change your name - theres nothing "logical" about you

      Andre - 2012-01-20 11:23

      @ Logical007, U live in fantacy world, Go and look for the truth in the Book Shop at Fairy tails, Gows and Nico, were mates, braaing and talking, he was at the wedding, take out my wife and i will look after u, it might have been said, and might not, but he is as guilty as can come, u go and live in another dream world,

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-20 12:29

      @pulchritinous... please change your name it sounds fishy!

      Linda - 2012-01-20 13:35

      If you believe that then I have a great used car to sell you.... and Father Christmas will come down your chimney next year.

      Harry - 2012-01-20 14:11

      @ Schmee, I think your comment is absolutely uncalled for. It was reported that both Hennings parents are dead, his father was murderd by his farmworkers and his mother died a couple of years later!!!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-20 08:41

    well, perhaps mr Henning could explain why he phoned one of the killers before the shooting? what was the subject of their conversation?

      John - 2012-01-20 09:16

      Agree. It is quite posible that he talks to Gouws on a regular basis. They are after all friends. If this is the case then his lawyer should say so. On da udder hand Darren - Henning is wealthy & Gouws is a trusted friend. He could have been offered a substantial amount to arrange a hit. Hennings obviously a smart guy and would not want to be the go between. At this stage nobody knows!

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  • liz.biggs - 2012-01-20 08:53

    There are so many twists involving so many dubious characters all trying to cover their own @sses that I wonder if the REAL truth will ever emerge from this sorry saga.Speculating as to who did what is futile.

  • Julie - 2012-01-20 08:59

    Well, well, I told you so........ wag en sien.....

  • Arthur - 2012-01-20 09:00

    Yes, Mr Henning.. say anything you want now but save your best stories for those guys in red robes and funny wigs who have been known to ask some veeerrrry difficult questions

  • Heather - 2012-01-20 09:01

    It is so so clear that he is involved. How on earth did he expect to get away with it. I hope he gets locked up very soon.

      Jerolan - 2012-01-20 09:30

      is it clear? Are you chief investigator? Do you have all the facts? As much as it appears he is involved, until it can be proved he is involved, nothing can be done. It is possible that someone else used his phone or his reason for calling the killer be reasonable. Until we know what that reason is dont jump to conclusions. Highly unlikely that he is innocent but lets wait and see before jumping to conclusions

      Heather - 2012-01-20 11:44

      Yes Jerolan. It is clear. Too much evidence pointing to him, but if you want to believe otherwise fine. Time will tell.

      Jerolan - 2012-01-20 12:20

      I never said I believe otherwise. Just clear that there is insufficient proof, else he would be behind bars. And when there is insufficient proof, there are holes in the case. And if it is so clear to you, why is he not behind bars? Do you think you know more than the investigators and prosecutor? The evidence points to him and if you read my comment properly you would see that I say it is highly unlikely he is innocent but lets wait and see what is the outcome.

      Heather - 2012-01-20 13:34

      Whatever Jerolan. You are one of the few who are giving him the benefit of the doubt. Personally, I don't think he deserves it. It is highly unlikely that someone else used his phone to phone his friend who killed his wife while fighting for custody of their child.

  • Greg - 2012-01-20 09:02

    Pleading innocence in the media does not come across as convincing,unfortunatly the evidence at this point certainly rouses suspicion.

  • Boer - 2012-01-20 09:24

    what is scary is that his kid has been left in his care shortly after the murder

      Brenda - 2012-01-20 16:16

      My thoughts exactly. Very curious this whole thing. Very curious in deed.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-20 09:25

    Slippery scumbag!

  • thozi - 2012-01-20 09:32

    I'm always careful not to pronounce guilty before trial by a competent court - now I wonder if that principle holds water in the Henning case...

  • CarlS - 2012-01-20 09:35

    No one said it yet? NICO: PAPPA WAG...

  • Thoka - 2012-01-20 09:39

    ofcouse he is going to deny killing his ex because he send drug junkies to do the dirty job. lets see if his million are going to buy him jail time. I hope they confisticated his passport as he is a flight risk.

      Mathias Assaba - 2012-01-20 10:25

      @thabo u made a good point

      Mathias Assaba - 2012-01-20 10:27

      @thoka u made a good point.jutice must be done for the slain woman.

  • muriel.farquharson - 2012-01-20 09:54

    Like hell he was not involved, what rubbish heis guilty as sin.

  • Lee - 2012-01-20 10:01

    Maybe he's hoping to pay someone off denying his involvement and the story will twist yet again.

      Gregory - 2012-01-20 12:29

      The man is an ex-Prosecutor himself remember. Probably thought he could commit the 'perfect crime'. His ass belongs to Johny Mongrel............ He'll get what's due to him.

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  • Tracey-Lee - 2012-01-20 10:30

    Guilty ...... the end.

  • natasha.fukuchi - 2012-01-20 10:41

    Whatever happens to the father, an innocent child must now grow up without his mother. If the father's involvement in the murder is proven (and I feel that he was directly involved), and he gets sent to jail then this poor little soul has lost not 1, but 2 parents through stubborn, selfish, spiteful behaviour. I recently went through a bitter divorce, but one thing we always agreed upon was that our daughter needs both her parents - not one more than the other. So incredibly sad what damage one's ego can do to the lives around them.... :(

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-20 10:44

    This article tells me that the police do not have enough evidence to nail him.

      Gregory - 2012-01-20 12:30

      Or they're making sure, as he is an ex-Prosecutor, that there's no room left for doubt, slowly crossing their t's and dotting their i's, so that when they do arrest him - there'll be a watertight case. There are some 'clevers' in the Force

  • Andre - 2012-01-20 11:16

    He was a Lawer, and a Advocate in his time, he knows the loop holes, but beware, u will be caught shortly, U can hide, but u never can run, watch this space

      George - 2012-01-20 11:57

      He and his alleged friends are junkies. He may have lost his marbles. Some people will still fail even with so many loopholes.

  • Bongani - 2012-01-20 11:16

    the father is not involved, no father can let another man kill his wife in front of his son.

      George - 2012-01-20 11:55

      "no father can let another man kill his wife in front of his son" We know of a guy who got his workers to assault and rape his ex wife and murdered his stepson. One other lady cut open a pregnent woman to retrieve the baby for herself. There are lunatics in this world. Three days ago a father hanged his 4 years old son and later himself.

      Daryn - 2012-01-20 12:37

      She was killed AFTER dropping her son off at school, so your reasoning is unfounded. Or maybe you are proving the point (if he was involved) then he could not have let it happen IN FRONT of the son, and that's why it was done when he was no longer with her?

      Amanda - 2012-01-20 13:22

      SHUT UP BONGANI, Your own kind are killing their wives in front of their sons.

      Brenda - 2012-01-20 16:20

      @Amanda you should take your on advise.

      Wesley - 2012-01-21 17:42

      Well then he is not a father

  • Bernadette - 2012-01-20 11:16

    His millions are certainly saving him for now!!! Or maybe they are renovating a cell just to his likings.

  • Deon - 2012-01-20 11:26

    They probably don't have enough evidence yet.

  • George - 2012-01-20 11:30

    Well, I think we are about to see plea bargaining deals which will see the actual murderers go unpunished or hefty sentences reduced. Our police force doesn't have the skills and the will to put together evidence that will see to the prosecution of each and everyone who took part.

  • Peter - 2012-01-20 11:45


  • danigirl27 - 2012-01-20 11:51

    This whole story is very sad, that poor child. Lost 2 parents because one of them didn't want to share... Why would someone go to such lengths to kill a 26yr old mother after she had dropped her son off at school? Why would they have waited for her to drop her son off (maybe they wanted to make sure he was not going to be injured)? I don't doubt for a moment that Nico Henning is the master mind behind this.

  • zelna.oberholster - 2012-01-20 11:56

    Can't help thinking that it is too easy- from the start he was my nr 1 suspect for the obvious reasons- but surely he is more clever than that to have her killed while the custody hearings are still on? My gut tells me that she must have known something...maybe walked in accidently on a drug deal, or knew of fraudulent activities with all or some of the suspsects- the ties are just too strong. Can't imagine my ex calling up a friend of his(probably ours) and say WIPE her out so I can get my child- and he says "Sure thing- she deserves to die for all those bad puddings she served" and proceed to kill me cold bloodily...?

  • George - 2012-01-20 11:59

    Who in their sober mind will come out and say I have done it, finish and klaar? There is a big chance he has done it while he was high on whatever him and his lunatics were smoking.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-20 12:39

    I also deny believing he didnt...

  • dlawre30 - 2012-01-20 12:43

    Cope better grab his passport before he dissapears. He has the money and the connections, similar to Dewani

      Amanda - 2012-01-20 13:24


  • Andre - 2012-01-20 13:07

    What happened to plain good old honesty? "It was me", or "I did it", are not words heard any more. Every accusation is at first flatly denied before condemning evidence proves the contrary. Your "yes" should be yes and your "no" should be no!

  • jason.boustead - 2012-01-20 13:48

    arrest him before he flees the country - surely?

  • smoochee69 - 2012-01-20 14:05

    like telll us something we didnt know ... lolzzz ... a real joke the justice system in south africa ...

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