Henning's killers lose appeal against life sentence

2016-09-02 14:20
Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws (Herman Verwey, Netwerk24)

Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws (Herman Verwey, Netwerk24)

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Bloemfontein – The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed an appeal by convicted killers Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws against their life sentences for the contract killing of Chanelle Henning.

Monye and Gouws wanted the court to overturn their sentences and replace them with 20-year jail terms.

Last month, the SCA said the two were motivated by greed and money when they killed Henning.

“Monye and Gouws played a pivotal role. They were key players in the murder. They designed and refined what was going to happen. The love of money killed an innocent woman in broad daylight,” Justice Lebotsang Bosielo said at the time.

He said the murder qualified for life sentences.

During arguments, prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the SCA not to interfere with the life sentences the trial court had imposed. He said the killing was horrible and the sentences suited the crime.

On January 5, 2014, High Court Judge Johan Kruger described Monye and Gouws as callous, cold-blooded killers. He sentenced them to life imprisonment, despite their belated confessions of guilt.

The two only confessed their role in the young mother's contract killing after they were convicted. Kruger found they only did so to save their own hides. He found no reason to impose a lesser sentence.

Former policeman Gerhardus du Plessis and his friend Willem Pieterse shot and killed Henning in her car from a motorcycle shortly after she had dropped off her child at a crèche in Faerie Glen, in the east of Pretoria, on November 8, 2011.

They pleaded guilty to the murder and were each sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

Monye admitted he had acted as middleman and recruited the hitmen after Gouws offered him R50 000.

Nico Henning was arrested in December 2013, shortly after Gouws testified that Nico had offered him R1m to murder his “troublesome” estranged wife. The Hennings were involved in a custody battle over their child.

His trial on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder was expected to start in the High Court in Pretoria on October 10.

Read more on:    nico henning  |  ambrose monye  |  andre gouws  |  chanelle henning  |  pretoria

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