South Africa: Former Rugby Player Arrested in Kinnear Investigation Set to Appear in Cape Town Court

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Investigators used the same cellphone technology that the suspect allegedly used to track the cellphone of murdered Anti-Gang Unit Lieutenant Charl Kinnear to arrest a 39-year-old former rugby player, who will be charged with complicity in the murder.

The suspect from Springs, east of Johannesburg, who owns a tracking and investigation company, is due to make his first appearance in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates' Court in Cape Town on Friday 25 September.

He is not expected to enter a plea and the charge sheet outlining the case he faces will be handed to the court. The man was apprehended on Wednesday 23 September at 10pm at his house.

Charl Kinnear was assassinated on Friday 18 September outside his house at 10 Gearing Road, Bishop Lavis. Shortly afterwards, investigators removed the dead detective's cellphone and dockets from his car.

National Crime Intelligence, working with the Hawks on the investigation, requested a location-based service (LBS) forensic report to trace the tracker of Kinnear's cellphone. The LBS report pointed investigators to exactly where and for how long Kinnear had been tracked.

The arrested suspect had allegedly tracked Kinnear's cellphone for months and, according to sources close to the investigation, had been requested by...

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