Last updateLun, 26 Jan 2015 8pm

Ambrose Monye gets life for murder

Cape Town, South Africa - A South African court Wednesday sentenced former Nigerian athlete Ambrose Monye to life imprisonment along with co-accused Andre Gouws.

The pair have appeared in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria over the past few months in connection with the 2011 murder of Chanelle Henning, a killing which shocked the nation.

Henning was gunned down in her car moments after dropping her son at a Pretoria nursery school.

She was at the time involved in a custody battle with her former husband, Nico Henning who was a close friend of Gouws.

Henning has now been implicated in the murder by both Monye and Gouws who claim they were acting on his orders and acted as middlemen.

In his mitigation statement, Monye on Monday told the court that he was ashamed of his actions.

Two men convicted of carrying out the murder – Gerhardus du Plessis and Willem Pieterse - are serving 18-year jail sentences after pleading guilty to the crime.

Henning, who has posted US$1 million bail, will now appear in the same court later this year.

Pana 05/02/2014