South Africa 5.2.2014 11:16 am

Life sentences for Henning killers

FILE PICTURE: Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws who are accused of the murder of murder of Chanelle Henning, sit and wait in the dock at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 28 November 2012. They appear on charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PICTURE: Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws who are accused of the murder of murder of Chanelle Henning, sit and wait in the dock at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 28 November 2012. They appear on charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The two men who arranged the contract killing of Chanelle Henning were sentenced to life imprisonment in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Judge Johan Kruger said Abrose Monye and Andre Gouws’s belated about-turn and confessions about their role in the murder did not constitute any exceptional circumstances to justify any lesser sentence.

They only decided to confess after they had already been convicted of the murder.

Chanelle Henning was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on November 8, 2011, shortly after dropping off her son at a creche in Faerie Glen in Pretoria.

Gouws, a former policeman, said Henning had offered him R1 million to executive his wife. He in turn approached Monye, a well-known drug dealer, as the middle-man and offered him R50 000 to arrange two killers to carry out the job

The actual killers, Gerhardus du Plessis (Doepie) and Willem Pieterse (Pike) are currently serving 18-year sentences after pleading guilty to the murder.

Judge Kruger described the murder as particularly cold-blooded, calculated and devious.

“The murder was executed on an unsuspecting young woman and mother of a young child who did neither of the two accused any harm. She was leading her own life and minding her own business, unaware that ill-intended men were planning to kill her.

“Murder is always utterly repugnant but the murder on Chanelle Henning remains an act beyond any reasonable comprehension,” he said.

The judge said their role in Nico Henning’s possible prosecution was irrelevant to the issues before him and would amount to speculative hypotheses favourable to the offender.

“It goes without saying that the interest of justice demands for alleged perpetrators to be prosecuted

“…The other side of the coin is this. Both accused had all along been aware of Henning’s alleged involvement. Both of them not only protested their innocence, but denied any involvement by Henning.

“…Having been convicted they changed their tune and pointed to Henning as the instigator behind the scenes. Seen from that angle it is simply a matter of shifting the blame or, at best, not to be held solely responsible.

“It hence becomes a matter of self-interest and self-preservation,” he added.

The Judge said Gouws had not shown any remorse whatsoever about what he did and Monye’s expression of remorse was an after-thought and not sincere.

 

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