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On his third day on the stand at the Western Cape High Court, Hawks captain Edward du Plessis explained how Zane Kilian allegedly carried out Google Maps and phone ping searches simultaneously to establish how long it took the lieutenant-colonel Charl Kinnear arriving from the Elsies. River Police Station, Parow and Zevenwacht to his home in Bishop Lavis.

Google Maps travel estimates for the three locations showed that it would take nine minutes to cover the 4.7 km from Elsies River SAPS, nine minutes to cover the 5.5 km from Parow and 16 minutes to cover the 11 km from Zevenwacht .

Elsies River SAPS to Bishop Lavis. (Source: Google Maps)

Parow to Bishop Lavis. (Source: Google Maps)

Zevenwacht to Bishop Lavis. (Source: Google Maps)

On Wednesday, May 22, Du Plessis explained that Kilian had tracked Kinnear’s cell phone and used the MarisIT system to gain access to his personal information, including his home and work addresses, his employment history, banking information, phone number. bond account and which bank held the bond.

Read more at Daily Maverick: Kilian knew Kinnear was a police officer, the ‘ping’ had nothing to do with debt collection, court hears

Kilian admitted to “pinging” Kinnear’s cell phone to track his location and claims he did so at the behest of alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack.

Kilian and Modack are the main defendants in the murder of Kinnear on September 18, 2020. They have also been accused of attempting to murder attorney William Booth on April 9, 2020.

Read more at Daily Maverick: Gang leader charged with Nafiz Modack in attempted murder of lawyer William Booth

Modack, Kilian and 12 other co-defendants face more than 3,100 charges in a case that places Modack as the leader of a lucrative criminal organization known as the “Modack Enterprise.”

The other co-defendants are Terrible West Siders gang members Ziyaad Poole, Moegamat Toufeeq Brown, Riyaad Gesant, Fahmeed Kelly and Marco Petersen; former gang unit sergeant Ashley Tabisher; Janick Adonis, member of the Junky Funky Kids gang; and Jacques Cronje, Petrus Visser, Amaal Jantjies, Yaaseen Modack, Mogamat Adiel Mukudam and Ricardo Morgan.

In an affidavit contained in his third bail application, Kilian said Modack had ordered him to obtain information about Kinnear. He also claimed that Modack had informed him that Kinnear was a dishonest police officer to whom he had paid money; that Kinnear and alleged Sexy Boys gang boss Jerome “Donkie” Booysen had colluded and that Modack was being targeted for a “hit”.

Read more at Daily Maverick: ‘Lawyer warned me not to implicate Modack in Kinnear’s murder, Zane Kilian claims in latest bail bid’

Captain Edward Du Plessis

Captain Edward Du Plessis at the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. May 7, 2024. (Photo: Gallo Images/Die Burger/Theo Jeptha)

Location Expedition

According to prosecutor Greg Wolmarans, the evidence presented by Du Plessis is part of the effort to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kilian and Modack carried out Kinnear’s murder and that it was premeditated.

Wolmarans told the court: “The State is embarking on a journey to demonstrate that ping has a purpose that goes far beyond consumer tracking.”

He added that the purpose of the Google Maps search was to determine Kinnear’s estimated time of arrival at his home. It began on July 29, 2020 at various locations, including Parow, Elsies River Police Station and Zevenwacht, and ended at his home in Bishop Lavis.

“The search at the Elsies River police station took place at 4:48 p.m. He tells us that Kinnear would have arrived at his house around 5 p.m. But somewhere in Bofors Circle, Kinnear was delayed and, according to Kilian’s ping list, he pinged Kinnear several more times,” Du Plessis said.

The last ping each time on Kinnear’s journey home was when he turned onto Anne Road, Bishop Lavis, where the cell tower would pick up his signal. This was done on numerous occasions, he told the court.

As of Aug. 18, 2020, Kinnear had received 118 pings and corresponding Google Maps searches, Du Plessis said.

Explaining the number of pings on the day in question, he stated: “Kinnear was traveling from Zevenwacht to his home. The Google search began at 3:55 p.m. and their estimated time of arrival at 10 Gearing Street was 4:30 p.m.

“Kinnear was delayed on his way home and more than 12 Google Maps and pings were used to determine where he was. Three hours later, Kinnear arrived at the tower on Anne Street, near his house. “Kinnear was pinged 118 times while he was driving for three hours,” he told the court.

When Judge Robert Henney asked if the State had any evidence of who Kilian was communicating with when he sent WhatsApp messages, Du Plessis said it was Nafiz Modack.

According to Du Plessis, most of Kilian’s pings were on his Samsung J4 phone, with the last ping occurring at 3:15 p.m., 15 minutes after Kinnear was shot dead outside his home. He said that at 5:34 p.m., the SIM card was inserted into a Samsung A6 phone.

The State maintains that the voluminous Google Maps searches and pings were part of the setup for Kinnear’s planned murder on September 18, 2020.

Zane Kilian

Zane Kilian. (Photo: Facebook)

Modack pseudonyms

The court heard about numerous screenshots of WhatsApp messages, ping Google coordinates and consumer tracking reports that Kilian allegedly sent to someone identified on his phone as “Modack Naf”, “Modack 111”, “Modack 2020” or “Nafiz Ghost.”

Modack Naf, Zane Kilian

Modack Naf was one of the pseudonyms that Zane Kilian, accused of murder, saved in his contact list. (Photo: Facebook)

The court was shown photographs of Kilian holding a firearm in his hand and with his left arm around Modack’s neck, along with three other people, two of whom also had firearms in their hands. Wolmarans argued that these images demonstrated the “friendly” relationship between Modack and Kilian.

One of the messages Kilian sent to a stranger on August 11, 2020 reads: “Andre Naude said I won’t see Christmas and that I am Modack’s right-hand man.”

Naude’s name came up during the testimony of “Mr. A”, who claimed that in September 2019, he (Mr. A) shot at Naude’s house on Modack’s orders. “Mr A” is serving 25 years in prison for the murder of Nicholas Heerschap, the father of former Hawks official Nico Heerschap, outside his home in Melkbosstrand on July 9, 2019.

Read more at Daily Maverick: ‘Modack told me he was proud of his work,’ state witness says of Heerschap murder

The Kinnear case and Brian Wainstein’s murder trial were postponed until June 3 as a result of the May 29 election. Both cases require a heavy police presence in court. However, these officials will be on electoral duty from Monday. DM

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