Former Rugby Player Zane Kilian Charged With Murder Of Top Cop Charl Kinnear

“The accused is guilty of murder in that upon or about September 18 near 10 Gearing Road, Bishop Lavis, in the district of Goodwood, the accused did unlawfully and intentionally kill Charl Kinnear, a male person,” the charge sheet read.

Former Rugby Player Zane Kilian Charged With Murder Of Top Cop Charl Kinnear-SurgeZirc SA
Colonel Charl Kinnear/ Photo File: Daily Maverick

Former professional rugby player, Zane Kilian who is 39 years old, was identified as the man who was arrested in connection with the murder of senior Cape Town policeman Charl Kinnear.

Kilian made an appearance in the Bishop Lavis magistrate’s court on Friday shortly before 10 am under heavy police guard. Kilian, who played as a hooker for the Valke in the mid-2000s, black hood in court and stared at the magistrate.

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He stood in the dock handcuffed, and the only time he spoke was when he confirmed he speaks Afrikaans.

The court heard that the former rugby player faces chart murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal interception of communication.

“The accused is guilty of murder in that upon or about September 18 near 10 Gearing Road, Bishop Lavis, in the district of Goodwood, the accused did unlawfully and intentionally kill Charl Kinnear, a male person,” the charge sheet read.

“The state will allege that the accused contravened the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act in that the accused from around March 2020 until September 18, 2020, within the Republic of South Africa wrongfully, unlawfully and intentionally intercepted communication in the course of its occurrence or transition from the cellphones of Charl Kinnear.”

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The matter was postponed to October 5 for further investigation and a bail hearing. Kilian is being held at the Bellville police cells. However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazailila in the Western Cape, said it would oppose Killian’s release on bail.

Kilian’s attorney, Eric Bryer — who once represented Czech fugitive Radovan Krecjir — said the Springs, Gauteng, man was arrested on Monday and questioned at the Hawks’ offices in Germiston.

“They took him to Midrand police station on Monday night. On Tuesday he was in the Midrand cells until about 3 pm,” said Bryer. “They collected him and brought him here [to Cape Town] overnight, and we arrived here on Wednesday morning.”

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