UJ professor's murder case postponed

One of the accused in the Carl Mischke’s murder case allegedly threatened his co-accused.

Some of the victims killed by a suspected gang targeting gay men.

JOHANNESBURG - One of the four men accused of murdering University of Johannesburg (UJ) law Professor Carl Mischke has been separated from his co-accused in prison, allegedly for making verbal and physical threats.

In April, Mischke was stabbed to death in his Norwood home in northern Johannesburg.

The four suspects on Thursday appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

According to suspect Craig Thomas, he does not feel safe sharing a cell Jacques Terre'Blanche due to safety reasons.

Thomas' lawyer Thabang Jiyane told the court his client was unwilling to speak to him in front of Terre'Blanche.

Jiyane asked the court for a postponement so he could have a private meeting with Thomas.

The third accused was released on bail last week.

Thomas, Terre'Blanche and the fourth accused Tim Cooke will have to wait until the end of May for their own bail application to resume.

Mischke was found face down on his bed in a pool of blood after having allegedly invited in his killer or killers.

He is the ninth victim in a string of gay murders across Gauteng and Cape Town.

Mischke's naked body was covered with a duvet.

He had multiple stab wounds on his body.

It is believed that a gang may be targeting gay men.