The defence team for murder accused Zane Kilian has called on the state to complete its investigation into the murder of Cape Flats cop Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear.
Kilian was due back at the Bellville Regional Court on Wednesday morning however due to Covid-19 infections at Goodwood Prison he appeared in absentia.
The former rugby player accused of being involved in the murder plot to assassinate Kinnear was denied bail last month and the matter was postponed to Wednesday where his legal team asked for clarity on when the state will complete its investigation.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, says Advocate Greg Wolmarans informed the court that the accused was absent in court due to his prison block at the Goodwood Prison being placed under lockdown.
“He also advised the court that the investigation was at an advanced stage. Cellphone analysis investigation and financial investigation are still outstanding. The cellphone analysis will concentrate on downloading of cellphone communication.
“The defence protested that the matter has been on the roll for seven months now and it will be eight months when it returns to court. He requested that it be the last postponement and the state must tell the court when the investigation is going to be finalised,” said Ntabazalila.
Ntabazalila says the state prosecutor explained it is impossible to predict when the investigation is likely to be finalised as the part of the investigation is technical.
The matter was postponed to 24 May for the investigation to be completed.