Henning accused gets suspended sentence

2012-07-26 12:34

Pretoria - One of five men implicated in the Chanelle Henning murder trial walked out of the Pretoria Magistrate's Court with a suspended sentence on Thursday morning.

Preshan Singh was given a five-year jail sentence, suspended for five years. This came after he entered into a plea bargain with the prosecution.

Singh's illegal firearm was reportedly used in Henning's drive-by shooting.

Henning, 26, an assistant school teacher, was gunned down in her car in Faerie Glen in Pretoria shortly after dropping her son off at a crèche on 8 November 2011.

The court was told that Willem Pieterse, a friend of Singh's, borrowed the firearm from him.

Prosecutor Andre Johnson said Singh claimed to have given the firearm to Pieterse without asking what it would be used for.

Under house arrest

He said he only realised the gun could have been used in the murder after he saw the details of the shooting in the media.

Adding to Singh's suspended sentence, the court ruled that he be placed under house arrest for the next three years.

During this period, he will only be allowed out when he goes to work and when he goes to church.
The court stipulated strict limits for him to stay indoors.

During the first three years Singh will also be required to do community service for 16 hours a month, during which time he will clean the Pretoria Correctional offices.

The court heard that Singh was previously arrested for possession of dagga. He was let go after he paid a fine on admission of guilt.

Behavioural therapy

The magistrate ruled that this was not relevant to the case, but still ordered Singh to stay clear of drugs and alcohol for the next three years.

He will undergo random checks for this.

Singh was also ordered to undergo behavioural therapy, which he will have to pay for himself.
In deciding on the plea agreement terms, the court took into consideration the fact that Singh was the breadwinner for his partner and son.

The prosecutor said the State was happy with the plea bargain conditions, adding that Singh was co-operative in giving information needed in the case.

"He is indeed a suitable candidate for the correctional programme," said prosecutor Andre Johnson.
Singh told reporters outside the court: "I'm sorry for the loss [of Chanelle Henning] and I'm glad it's over."

Two people have already been convicted for Henning's murder.

Murder charges

Willem Pieterse and Pretoria police detective Gerhardus du Plessis pleaded guilty to murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

They are each serving an 18-year jail term.

Charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and illegal possession of a firearm against Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws were transferred from the magistrate's court to the city's high court.

The matter had been set down for trial from November 19 to 30. Gouws was denied bail in March by a Pretoria magistrate.

His bail application would resume on July 30.

  • Xolile.namane - 2012-07-26 12:39

    U gotta love south African justice system(if it indeed is a system)

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-07-26 13:55

      Why would you lend someone your gun, it's not like you are lending someone your car?Secondly have you considered that this lady could be the breadwinner in her family?And what was the motive, nothing has been said as yet?

  • dela.rey.5458 - 2012-07-26 12:48

    WTF! Sickening!! f-all is working properly in this country

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-26 12:49

    Really??? This guy already shows a criminal background and still gets off with a suspended sentence and a bit of house arrest. I dont care if this guy is the "bread winner" of the house. What about Chanelles life??? This idiot will just go forth and still do crime. I say lock the thing up for 18 years as well.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-26 13:38

      Guns dont kill people, its people that kill people and this guy didnt kill Chanelles

      procold2 - 2012-07-26 14:23

      i say why must we as tax payers look after this lot for 18years give them all the rope,including the obvious mastermind the hubby

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-07-26 15:11

      @Sanda: that is the most stupid theory I've ever heard. A gun just so happen to walk past Chanelle and decided...oh, I think Im going to shoot her. People kill people, but they use guns to do this with. Thats why guns were made.

  • Caroline - 2012-07-26 12:49

    I hope Gouws sings when he is sentenced, perhaps he will then let us all know who contracted him !!!! Still strongly suspect the hubby!!!!

      procold2 - 2012-07-26 13:05

      with you there caroline.

  • andrew.arde - 2012-07-26 13:02

    I am still quite perplexed by this case. What was the motive for the murder? I'm still puzzled as to exactly what they had to gain from killing her? Haven't heard or read anything that gives even a hint of what it was. Or maybe I missed it?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-26 13:38

      Custody of the child

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-26 13:17

    We better learn to pre bargain with the state when we get caught in crime. Its a matter of tip toeing around the lines of justice system. Bad? Well I dont know. But yes its not something to cheer for. - 2012-07-26 13:30

      It is plain and obvious that the husband had her killed. He is the no 1 suspect in the case.

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  • thapelo.rametsi - 2012-07-26 13:35

    I am very afraid of the SA justice system!

  • leanne.zwiegers - 2012-07-26 14:30

    That is South Africa for you. And if you dont like your prison...take ill and go home! In this country, the criminal has more rights than the victim. Its a sad sad truth

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-26 14:48

    Why was he even allowed to enter into a plea bargain? This beautiful young woman is now dead, her son without a mother and this *&^^ idiot gets away with it... Oh wait, sorry a suspended sentence, which is really a 'get out of jail free card' and then 'Singh told reporters outside the court: "I'm sorry for the loss [of Chanelle Henning] and I'm glad it's over.' - Singh, go look that little boy and her family in the eyes and tell them you are sorry for being an accomplice in the killing of his mother, their daughter, sister and wife! Bet you, you can't! Why are we allowing that the legal system keep on failing the victims??? Why people, WHY ZUMA? Can you at least answer one f&^% question? For once, stop worrying about how much money you and your cronies can pocket... For once, do something about the crime in this county! Why are you allowing this continue? And you Andre Johnson - stating that he is a good candidate for the correctional programme - do you actually believe that people who murder can be helped? Honestly, this system continues to fail not just the victims here, but all South Africans!!! Bring back the death penalty for murderers and rapists, no entering of plea bargain crap allowed... Do unto them as they do unto our families and friends!!

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