Charge in gay murder case withdrawn

Prosecutors said suspect Tim Cooke will no longer be charged with Mischke’s murder.

Dr Carl Mischke was murdered at his Norwood home. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The state on Wednesday withdrew charges against one of the four men arrested for murdering University of Johannesburg law professor Carl Mischke.

Mischke was found murdered in his Norwood home in April.

Four suspects appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said suspect Tim Cooke will no longer be charged with Mischke's murder.

The state confirmed there was no reason to believe he was responsible for the crime.

Prosecutors told the court that it also wished to remove charges against Gary Azaro.

However, the state is planning to charge both Cooke and Azaro for being in possession of the professor's stolen vehicle.

The two men run an automobile repair business.

Prosecutors did say that Cooke and Azaro will be charged separately from their co-accused.

Suspects Craig Thomas and Jacques Terre'Blanche were expected to apply for bail, but confusion over separating their case prevented their application from going ahead.

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.