Phone reported stolen day Chanelle died

2012-02-15 22:46

Pretoria - The estranged husband of Chanelle Henning, who was shot dead in an apparent drive-by shooting in Faerie Glen, reported his phone stolen on the day of her murder, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Cellphone forensic analyst Francois Moller was giving testimony in a bail application by Andre Gouws, who is accused of arranging Henning's murder.

Moller said all records on Gouws' handset detailing calls between him and Henning's husband Nico prior to the murder had been deleted.

The court heard that Nico, had started a using a second number after reporting his phone stolen on the day of the murder.

Moller said there was no record of calls from this number on Gouws' handset after the murder, and there was no "successful communication" between the two.

Earlier, he told the court there had been 55 calls between former Nigerian Olympic athlete Ambrose Monye, accused of hiring the killers, and Gouws.

Monye made another 34 calls which Gouws ignored. Gouws phoned Monye 26 times in the month before November 8, the day Chanelle Henning was shot dead.

Henning was shot dead by two men on a motorbike after dropping off her child at a nursery school in Faerie Glen.

Calls to Monye had also been deleted, but cellphone records had shown the deleted call records.

He testified that cellphone towers placed Gouws near Chanelle Henning's home a number of times prior to the murder.

Custody battle

On three occasions, closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed a Ford Bantam bakkie with reflective tape on its roll bars and a blue motorcycle with a dark windscreen.

Police seized a similar bakkie and bike from Gouws' home in Centurion.

Moller conceded under cross examination that the registration plates of both could not be seen in the CCTV footage. The driver or rider could also not be identified from the footage.

Moller said Gouws had no bank account in his own name, but on the day of the murder a withdrawal of R44 000 was made from the Andre Gouws family trust account in Centurion.

This was done about three hours after Henning was gunned down.

Moller said cellphone billing records indicated that Gouws's cellphone had moved from Centurion to Brooklyn and then to the Pretoria CBD before heading back to Centurion, where the money was withdrawn.

The same records showed that the cellphone then moved to Sunnyside in Pretoria. It also revealed calls between Monye and Gouws.

The court heard previously that, on the day of the murder, Monye was in a Pretoria court, where he was acquitted of another murder charge.

Moller said no trace of the R44 000 was found.

Henning and her husband were separated and involved in a custody battle over their child at the time of her death.

  • tertia888 - 2012-02-15 22:57

    Oh, Henning is cleva !!

      Sean - 2012-02-16 00:40

      His lies will actch up with him , sooner or later . I just don`t hope the state stuffs the case up !

      Moss - 2012-02-16 07:47


      Peace - 2012-02-16 08:17

      no he is stupid!

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-02-15 23:07

    It's normal procedure when your phone get stolen you block the number and do sim swap. Why did he use another number... very clever neh Mr Henning instead of swapping???

      Hans - 2012-02-16 07:24

      Sim swapping does not take place immediately, maybe he wanted a phone urgently and this is the best he could do.But this does sound way to convenient for him not to be involved as the police have no other motive other than the custody battle.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-02-15 23:15

    How f@@@@ng flippen convenient. This man is an expert in making up stories.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-15 23:39

    Come on now! how can this murdering rubbish get away with killing his wife ... the truth must out and lock him away for good.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-16 04:52

    So the triggerman knows the middleman but not the master. Seems these guys plotted this real well but maybe its early days..

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-02-16 05:50


      Godfrey - 2012-02-16 08:24

      No use begging god. He is way too busy helping professional rugby players and other sports people gain an unfair advantage over their opponents (as attested to on News24). There is no real evidence concluding that prayer gives the believer the ability to change anything without doing a damn thing, and that is why it is common sense to not believe its effectiveness. The concept of prayer is quite literally insane if you also believe in a God that knows everything. He knows in advance that you are going to pray, and of course he knows how he is going to answer it! Do you actually think that God will change his behavior as result of mumbling a few words?

  • godesha - 2012-02-16 06:23

    Soon they are going to get caught in their own web of lies.

  • Herbert - 2012-02-16 06:37

    'n Goeie ou Afrikaanse uitdrukking : "Al vlieg 'n leuen ook hoe snel, die waarheid agterhaal hom wel". As die speurders net kan vasbyt!

  • Heather - 2012-02-16 07:37

    How very convenient.

  • thomas.robbertse - 2012-02-16 07:39

    Losing your phone on the same day, coincidentally, This is a blatant lie, it's called ....covering tracks! Watch this space it's becoming very interesting.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-16 07:41

    Talk about scum of the earth!

  • SGL - 2012-02-16 07:46

    Chanelle's ex must be sweating bullets by now. Clever move to report the phone stolen - but all the evidence is there. They are just giving him enough rope before they let him hang himself.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-16 07:47

    How the hell do they know they didn't use pay phones? I for one am not ruling out the husband EVER!

  • John - 2012-02-16 07:53

    "apparent" drive by shooting!!! Err I think it was pretty conclusive.

  • Marion - 2012-02-16 08:14

    There is no such thing as the perfect crime in this technological age. Mr/Ms Mastermind, even if you get away with it now, the law could catch up with you in your lifetime 'cos, to my knowledge, murder cases always remain open. And if it doesn't remember 'what goes around comes around' and you will get your just desserts in one way or another. Those of us who abhor your actions will be wishing for 'karmic' justice to hunt you down. Amazing thing, karma.

  • Peace - 2012-02-16 08:18

    the plea bargain that was entered by the other two accused is really pointless now isn`t it?the mastermind is still enjoying sushi outside instead of being icarcerated.

  • Deirdre1938 - 2012-02-16 08:19

    I do not know the family involved therefore I have only the Media reports as my information. However all this seems to me to be inconclusive. My question is this- Why is the husband still floating around as if he is totally innocent. If there is any suspicion by the Police that he is involved why isn't he part of the investigation?

      Gail - 2012-02-16 16:01

      He has been taken in for questioning but released because of insufficient evidence. In terms of motive it seems pretty clear to me that he benefits all the way to the bank from her death. 1 House where Chanelle lived with son comes back to him probably 2. Courtcase goes away saving him more money 3 Insurance on Chanelle's life paid to son who he will get custody of if he can't be convicted. One wonders if Nico might not have another lady in waiting for him or whether he was financially in the dwang in some way. Always follow the money and who stood to benefit the most. Why for example did Gouws kill her? Well it was for the money obviously. Where did that money come from? Henning probably has cash stashed in a safety deposit box for this kind of eventuality. What has happened to the cash? It's been buried somewhere in all likelihood or returned to another safety deposit box. And Peace I also wonder about what legal people he plays golf with and socialises with.

  • Peace - 2012-02-16 08:20

    I sense that our law fears the mastermind because he is "rich"

  • Elize - 2012-02-16 09:08

    Henning is cleaver, but like they say in Afrikaans "slim vang sy baas" question is he was in a custody fight with his late wife, after her death he took his son away from her parents, only to have the child stay with other people, he himself cannot look after his own son! There is a BIG stinking rat in this case and I hope and pray that the Police do their investigations properly. The Police should seek the help form Piet Beyl then they will get somewhere quicker with this case.

  • Pur - 2012-02-16 10:29

    Clearly Henning had motive and benefitted from the death of Chanelle, but he will not be charged unless there is definite evidence that he asked, told or paid Gouws to get rid of her. So what that he talked to his friend on a cellphone. Don't we all talk to our friends? That's not the solid evidence needed. Now, if only the R44000 Gouws withdrew can be proved to have originated from Henning, then there may be a case against him. Specially if Gouws sings like a canary - but I doubt he will and neither will Monye.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-02-16 11:52

    Why do people always think they will get away with it?

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