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Ping and plot: unraveling the surveillance network in the Kinnear murder trial

Zane Kilian (center), Nafiz Modack (second right), Anwar Gallie (right), with two unidentified masked men.  (Jenni Evans/court file)

Zane Kilian (center), Nafiz Modack (second right), Anwar Gallie (right), with two unidentified masked men. (Jenni Evans/court file)

According to evidence presented by the State in the Charl Kinnear murder trial, the late Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) officer was not only physically monitored when in Johannesburg, but the “pinger”, Zane Kilian, was also forwarding information from Google Maps. Estimated time of arrival calculations for his co-accused Nafiz Modack in the lead-up to the September 18, 2020 murder.

Screenshots taken from files Kilian forgot to delete from his phone show that a person, saved as “Lippe TC”, carried out physical surveillance in Sandton, while Kinnear was on a work trip to Johannesburg investigating a license trafficking case of firearms against Modack.

There are photos of the front door of a hostel they initially thought Kinnear was staying at, then a discussion about whether it was accurate, followed by a picture of the hostel they tracked Kinnear to.

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