Henning killer: It's not in my nature

2012-11-29 14:28

Pretoria - It was not in convicted murderer Willem Pieterse's nature to kill, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

"I just could not shoot her. It is not in my nature to kill people," he said when asked about a failed attempt to murder Pretoria mother Channelle Henning.

"I was only the motorcycle driver. I am not the leader."

He was testifying in the trial of Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws.

They are accused of killing Henning, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to procure an illegal firearm and ammunition, and possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

They have pleaded not guilty.

'I did not think'

Two men on a motorbike shot and killed Henning, aged 26, while she was driving her car in Faerie Glen, Pretoria East, on 8 November 2011, shortly after dropping off her child at a crèche.

Pieterse and fellow former police officer Gerhardus du Plessis have claimed that Monye hired them to carry out the shooting and that he promised them R10 000 each.

Both accepted a plea bargain and were convicted in December last year of murder, conspiracy to murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of unlicensed ammunition. Each was sentenced to 18 years behind bars.

Daan Mostert, for Gouws, questioned Pieterse on his decision to take part in the murder.

"I did not think at all. I just did," he said.

  • Derek Chapman - 2012-11-29 15:06

    They term it 'Vicarious liability', you just as guilty as the other two. Be a man and face the music

  • Piet - 2012-11-29 15:19

    Bring in her ex husband!He knows more than we think!!

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-29 15:31

      I agree.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-29 15:22

    The root of the cause was a craving for drugs. Drug dealers should be treated as murderers!

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-29 15:31

    Who are you trying to convince? Her parents? Her little boy? Or maybe yourself?

  • Happyness - 2012-11-29 16:08

    It may not be in his nature yet he had no problem assisting others in killing her, by being the driver. His words are weak and meaningless and does not excuse him.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-29 16:22

      Agreed! In driving the motor-cycle, he may as well have pulled the trigger - He is just as GUILTY!!!

  • grace.murindiwachisimba - 2012-11-29 16:31

    Barbaric parasite, unfortunately am forced to share the same planet with you.

  • andre.smit.94009 - 2012-11-29 16:31

    You are as guilty as they could just as well have pulled the trigger yourself. May you get what you deserve

  • julie.vanniekerk.3 - 2012-11-29 16:52

    But WHO hired Ambrose? WHO is the master brain behind the murder?

  • godesha - 2012-11-29 17:02

    We have a saying in Afrikaans: "Die deler is net so goed soos die steler." He knew what was going to happen and he did nothing to stop it. In my opinion he may as well have pulled the trigger himself.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-11-29 17:08

    You are instrumental on kiling, for me is the same of kiling, you do not have any respect for human life , so pay for it , you killed somebody that deserves her life to be taken only by GOD.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-29 17:46

    Clearly you are a killer and don't know yourself too well. Why don't any of you come clean. How did you know she was dropping a kid off? At that time? Which school? Why would you kill her if you didn't know her? It all smacks of someone knowing her VERY well.

  • jose.d.santos.9041 - 2012-12-05 09:05

    our tax money is being wasted by entertaining this rubbish .. they dont deserve jail .. torture them daily until they die like parasites

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