Gouws 'pointed out Henning scene'

2012-11-27 14:10

Pretoria - Murder accused André Gouws pointed out the place where Chanelle Henning should be killed, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"We followed [Gouws] on his blue BMW scrambler motorbike to Garsfontein," convicted murderer Willem Pieterse testified.

"We drove to Garsfontein, where Chanelle was shot."

Pieterse was testifying in the murder trial of former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye and Gouws.

He said Gouws pointed out two places with his hand. They also stopped at the school where she worked.

Afterwards, he received a piece of paper with Henning's details, including her vehicle registration and colour.

Parents in court

Pieterse was asked whether he had met Henning prior to her murder.

"No, at that stage we didn't even know it was a woman that must be shot."

Henning's parents Sharon and Ivan Saincic were in court. Her mother cried when Pieterse said he had never met her daughter.

The 26-year-old woman was shot dead while driving her car in Faerie Glen, Pretoria East, on 8 November 2011, shortly after dropping off her child at a crèche.

Pieterse and Gerhardus du Plessis claimed Monye hired them to carry out the shooting and promised them R10 000 each.

Both accepted a plea bargain and were convicted in December last year of murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of unlicensed ammunition.

They were each sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Pleaded not guilty

Gouws and Monye have pleaded not guilty to murder, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to procure an illegal firearm and ammunition, possession of an illegal firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Earlier, Pieterse was asked why he killed Henning.

"It was an instruction we got from Ambrose," he answered.

He said he met Monye at a Romans Pizza in Sunnyside and was given R600 to buy a firearm.

However, he used the money to buy drugs. He later obtained a chrome-plated, snub-nose .38 Special from Preshan Singh.

Singh was sentenced in July to five years' imprisonment, suspended for five years, for providing the firearm used in the crime.

  • Pixi3kid - 2012-11-27 14:18

    One question... WHY would you do something like this?

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-11-27 15:08

    What a sick place South Africa has become,one cannot comprehend such evil deeds.

      corrupt.anc.3 - 2012-11-27 19:15

      Not limited to SA!

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-11-27 15:26

    Ok, I am waiting for the episode where the mastermind is uncovered.

  • brylea.slawson - 2012-11-27 15:30

    WHEN are they going to ask Monye WHY he ordered the hit on her and WHO gave him the order!!!????

  • natascha.taurer - 2012-11-27 15:35

    Think of chanelle often, and her family. Praying for strength and courage for her family to get through this trial. She was very loved and is sorely missed

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-11-27 15:43

    Vieslike twee goed!

  • miki.brits - 2012-11-27 15:52

    Sounds pretty much like a case of drug money owed to the supplier. "Don't pay and we will kill your nearest and dearest' Typical Nigerian trait!! Now an innocent lies dead!!

  • nkuli.hlongwane.3 - 2012-11-27 16:20

    I can't imagine what goes on in a child's mind for not having a mother around...this is so unfair..

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-27 18:32

    Imagine killing a person for 10k worst of all a woman,Jesus please come back n sort this murderes n rapists out,we live in fear no one is safe here nx nx.

  • willem.wulfse - 2012-11-27 21:05

    Let's see how long Gouws's loyalty toward the kingpin lasts after he is put away for a long time. Gouws is the link between the instructor, who has a legal background and knows how to cover his tracks, and the rest. The footmen don't know the detais, only Gouws does. He really needs to be nailed because of this.

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