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A suspect in the murder of top cop, Charl Kinnear, has appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court this morning.

EWN reports that Zane Kilian was arrested this week in Gauteng and transported to Cape Town where he's been charged.

According to Netwerk24, Kilian is a former professional rugby player and the son of a retired police Colonel. He reportedly tracks cellphone signals to earn extra money and was, according to him, duped into believing he was tracking the signal of a jealous man's wife.

The 39-year-old's court appearance marks a week since the murder of Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear outside his home in Bishop Lavis. He was part of the Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit.

Due to his dangerous level of work, police protection was visible in front of the Kinnear house until December 2019 when it was cancelled.

At the time, Kinnear's wife, Nicolette expressed that she feared for the life of her husband, herself and their two sons.

On a visit to the Kinnear's over the weekend, Police Minister, Bheki Cele, said the police failed Kinnear.

"Right now, as it stands, it does look like we have failed as the police. We could have done things better."

So far, Kilian is the only suspect to have been arrested. EWN reports that he faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the illegal interception of communications.

Watch the eNCA video below for more on the arrest of a suspect in the muder of top cop Charl Kinnear.

Image credits: EWN

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