Henning gunman killed for drugs, money

Andre Gouws gestures while appearing in the North Gauteng High Court in connection with Chanelle Henning's murder. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

PRETORIA - The drug-fueled criminal lifestyle of Chanelle Henning’s killer was questioned during cross-examination in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Ambrose Monye and Andre Gouws are on trial for the young mother’s November 2011 murder.

She was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle just moments after dropping off her son at pre-school in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

The two suspects were arrested along with former policeman Gerhardus du Plessis, Willem Pieterse and Preshan Singh, shortly after the shooting.

In December, details of the crime emerged in the Pretoria Regional Court when du Plessis and Pieterse confessed to the murder in a deal with the state.

The two men, who were responsible for the actual hit, were called to take the stand against Monye and Gouws.

In court on Wednesday, Pieterse recalled the first time he met Monye, driving around with him and snorting drugs off a CD case.

He also described how Monye, a former Nigerian Olympic athlete, put a blade to the face of a man who owed him money.

Monye allegedly told the man to smell how close he was to death.

Gouws' defence Advocate Daan Mostert cross-examined Pieterse, but did not ask questions about testimony involving his own client.

Earlier this week, Pieterse told the court it was Monye who introduced him to Gouws, who wanted Henning murdered.

Gouws is a close friend of Chanelle’s estranged husband Nico Henning.

Pieterse told the court he murdered the 26-year-old mother for drugs and money.