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By now it is well-known that Lt-Col Charl Kinnear (52) was shot and killed outside his house in Bishop Lavis in the Cape Peninsula on Friday 18 September 2020, just after 15:00 in what appeared to be an assassination (Afrikaans: “sluipmoord”).

Three days earlier, on Tuesday 15 September 2020, a 60-page long judgment in the case of S v Ashwin Willemse and Waylin Abdullah, case no SS93/2019 [2020] ZAWCHC 105, High Court Cape Town dated 15 September 2020 (WCC) (“the Willemse case”), was delivered before the High Court in Cape Town (“the trial court”). From the judgment it appears that Lt-Col Kinnear was the investigating officer in this Willemse case.

Of interest to our readers is that the State/prosecution called 12 witnesses - one of them was the late Lt-Col Kinnear. In para [47] of its judgment appears a brief summary by the trial court of the late Lt-Col Kinnear’s evidence. It, inter alia, reads as follows:

“[47] The last witness testifying for the State was the investigating officer, Col Kinnear. He has been in the police service for 31 years and had lived his entire life in the area. He also lives very close to the scene of the incident. He was the first person from his unit (the anti-gang unit) on the scene, arriving approximately half an hour after the shooting. Officers from the Bishop Lavis Police Station were in attendance upon his arrival. People at the scene refused to give statements as to what they saw during the shooting. He [Kinnear] is familiar with the gangsterism in the area and testified that the predominant ruling gang is the 28s under the leadership of Ralph Stanfield. There are two factions of the 28s within the Nooitgedacht area, whose respective control are bordered at F Street. His role at the crime scene was to preserve the scene and any exhibits.”

(Emphasis added and word in square brackets inserted by Pollex.)

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[This is an extract of the discussion of this court case that is published in Servamus: November 2020. If you are interested in reading the rest of the discussion, contact Servamus’s offices by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning (012) 345 4660. Ed.]

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