Henning mother to tell all

‘We will make sure truth about daugh­ter’s killing gets out’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CRIME REPORTER

IN A CRYPTIC mes­sage, the mother of slain Pre­to­ria teach­ing as­sis­tant Chanelle Henning has vowed to re­veal all about the death of her daugh­ter.

Sharon Sain­cic made the prom­ise yes­ter­day as her fam­ily pre­pared for a som­bre New Year’s Eve tonight.

With the mas­ter­mind of the killing still free, Sain­cic has said that once the real per­son be­hind her daugh­ter’s death is brought to book, and pun­ished for his “heinous” crime, she will speak out.

“Only once that per­son is be­hind bars will I tell all. It is too sen­si­tive to talk about now.

“We will call a press con­fer­ence when the time is right and re­veal what re­ally hap­pened to bring the life of our beau­ti­ful daugh­ter to such a tragic end.

“Even if it is two years from now, we will make sure the truth gets out,” she said.

Sain­cic’s mes­sage comes a week af­ter they spent a “beau­ti­ful” Christ­mas Day with their daugh­ter’s five- year- old son Ben­jamin.

Ben­jamin, who is cur­rently in foster care, wit­nessed his mother’s mur­der mo­ments af­ter she dropped him off at his crèche in Faerie Glen last month.

Henning was mur­dered by dis­graced po­lice­man Ger­hardus du Plessis, and Willem Pi­eterse, who as part of a plea bar­gain pleaded guilty to the killing ear­lier this month in the Pre­to­ria Mag­is­trate’s Court.

They were both sen­tenced to 18 years in prison for the hit, car­ried out when Du Plessis shot Henning twice in the chest mo­ments af­ter she dropped off Ben­jamin.

They both al­leged that they were given in­struc­tions to mur­der the blonde Wood­hill Col­lege teach­ing as­sis­tant, who was es­tranged from her son’s mul­ti­mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man fa­ther Nico Henning, by former Nige­rian Olympian Am­brose Monye.

In a state­ment read out in court the two men said Monye al­legedly told Pi­eterse he had a “job” for him, and that some­one wanted a “per­son to be taken out”.

Monye al­legedly in­tro­duced Pi­eterse and Du Plessis to An­dré Gouws – a former Sun­ny­side po­lice of­fi­cer and ap­par­ently a friend of Henning’s es­tranged hus­band.

Although plead­ing guilty to the killing, nei­ther the rea­son for it, nor the iden­tity of the mas­ter­mind has been re­vealed.

Monye and Gouws are to ap­pear in court on Jan­uary 17 to ap­ply for bail.

Henning’s fam­ily mean­while re­main con­fi­dent that the mas­ter­mind will even­tu­ally be ar­rested.

“Even if it takes years, we know this per­son will even­tu­ally be put be­hind bars. While we were not at court for the sen­tenc­ing of the men who killed Chanelle, we will be there when this per­son is sent away,” Sain­cic said yes­ter­day.

Asked if she knew the per­son’s iden­tity, she added: “We know what we know, but there is no proof so we can­not say any­thing about who might have done what.

“We will speak out, but at this stage we do not want to jeop­ar­dise the case. The po­lice are do­ing ex­cel­lent work and we are afraid that if we talk now this will all be un­done.”

Asked how the fam­ily’s Christ­mas had been, and about their hopes for the new year, Sain­cic said it had been a sad one.

“We miss our beau­ti­ful daugh­ter ter­ri­bly and have a great empti­ness in our hearts. It is very hard for us, but we are at peace know­ing our daugh­ter is now with God.”

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said there had been no new de­vel­op­ments in the case to date.

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