A former member of the phantom gang, who is also a former policeman, Lloyd Roberts, was today freed of a murder charge, after Magistrate Judy Latchman found that there was not enough evidence presented during the preliminary inquiry to move the trial to the High Court.
However, Roberts will remain in custody in connection with several illegal guns and ammunition charges. It is not clear whether the state will reinstitute the murder charge against him.
The 36-year-old man was charged earlier this year for the murder of 19-year-old Ryan Sergeant. It is believed that Roberts worked at the nightclub as part of the security team.
The youth was shot dead as he stood outside the Rio nightclub. A shooting incident that started on the inside between two groups of men, reached the outside of the club and the teenager was shot as he sought cover.
Roberts, who is also known as “Robbie” and who has faced several previous criminal charges, was all in smiles as the Magistrate delivered her decision.
During the course of the preliminary inquiry, video evidence was tendered in the Court, but the shooter could not clearly be identified from the video.
The murder case remains open.