Gay murder accused to apply for bail
Craig Thomas, Jacques Terre'Blanche and Tim Cooke will appear in court for their bail hearing on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG - Three men accused of killing University of Johannesburg (UJ) Professor Carl Mischke, will appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to apply for bail.
The three men were arrested shortly after Mischke was found stabbed multiple times at his Norwood home in April.
His naked body was covered with a duvet.
While one of the four accused was granted bail earlier this month, the other three are expected to make their case for freedom.
It was revealed at a previous court appearance that one of the accused, Craig Thomas, was a former tenant on Mischke's property.
Thomas and two other suspects, Jacques Terre'Blanche and Tim Cooke, are set to apply for bail, but sources close to the investigation said the state is going to strongly oppose the application for Thomas and Terreblanche.
One of the men was even separated from his co-accused in prison, allegedly for making verbal and physical threats.
Thomas said he did not feel safe sharing a cell with 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.
Mischke is the ninth victim in a string of gay murders across Gauteng and Cape Town.
It is believed that a gang may be targeting gay men.