Charl Kinnear murder accused demands to see subpoena allowing police to monitor phone records

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Kilian appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court on Monday under heavy protection by the Anti-Gang Unit and other police officers. (Brenton Geach, Gallo Images)
Kilian appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court on Monday under heavy protection by the Anti-Gang Unit and other police officers. (Brenton Geach, Gallo Images)
  • Zane Kilian's lawyer is demanding the subpoena used to monitor his client's phone in the run up to his arrest for Charl Kinnear's murder.
  • His lawyer said without a subpoena, the whole case will fall. 
  • Kilian's bail application was postponed to Friday to find a court deemed safer than the one in Bishop Lavis.

The lawyer for Zane Kilian is demanding the subpoena used to track the former rugby player's cellphone ahead of his arrest for the murder of Anti-Gang Unit detective Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear.

Kilian appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court on Monday under heavy protection by the Anti-Gang Unit and other police officers, some in civilian clothes with balaclavas to obscure their identity.

After some delays, and security so tight that the devices of all who entered the court were checked individually to see if they were off to avoid photographs being taken, Kilian finally emerged in the dock.

He stood throughout the short proceedings, his head tattoos still visible as his hair grows out.

The court heard that Kilian's bail application would not be heard as expected, as it had been decided that there could be risks involved in conducting it in Bishop Lavis, where Kinnear was killed in his car on Friday, 18 September as he arrived home.

Kilian's lawyer Eckhard Rösemann objected vehemently to the delay, submitting that Kilian's Constitutional rights were being violated for not being able to bring the bail application. 

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He said his client had already been in custody for 15 days. 

Kilian was arrested by police in Springs, Gauteng, on Monday, 21 September, and taken for questioning in Midrand. He was taken to Cape Town where he appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court on 25 September to face a charge of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and illegal interception of communications.  

He is alleged to have illegally intercepted Kinnear's phones from March to September. 

Rösemann said that without the subpoena police had used to track Kilian's cellphone records before his arrest, all evidence will be "null and void".

Zane Kilian
Zane Kilian leaves Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court under heavy police protection (Jenni Evans, News24)

However, he will have to wait to make these submissions in full, as the case was postponed to 9 October for a court deemed safe enough to hear the case to be identified.

The court is situated on a busy corner in Bishop Lavis, with a lot of vehicle traffic and pedestrian movement in the vicinity.

READ | What we know about the man charged for slaying top cop Charl Kinnear

One of the last judgments in a case in which Kinnear had testified related to the murder of a witness in the area. That witness had witnessed another murder.

On Monday at court, once the case had been postponed, attention moved to an armoured vehicle idling near the detainees' entrance, with armed and masked police officers holding the public and media at a distance, and police cars in a holding pattern in front and behind for the vehicle to start moving. 

People gathered opposite the entrance shouted: "Hulle protect die naai! [They are protecting this ****!]."

One woman shouted: "Look how they are just standing now. Shoot him!"

Kinnear was killed days after Police Minister Bheki Cele announced a special steering committee to investigate allegations that protection fees were being demanded of restaurants, coffee shops, and of late, some apartment blocks.

WATCH | 'He lived for his job' - wife of slain detective Charl Kinnear speaks

Questions have been raised over why Kinnear's protection at home was withdrawn earlier this year.

The police have not explained what the motive was.

Kinnear's funeral was held on Saturday.

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