Musician Charles “Charlie” Ridgway, right, with a friend and his lawyer outside the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court in August. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad
Musician Charles “Charlie” Ridgway, right, with a friend and his lawyer outside the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court in August. Picture: Shelley Kjonstad

Murder case withdrawn against Durban musician Charlie Ridgway

By Tanya Waterworth Time of article published Oct 17, 2020

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Durban - The case against Durban musician, Charles “Charlie” Ridgway, who was arrested for the murder of his partner, has been withdrawn.

Ridgway stood accused of the murder of 55-year-old Jenny King, who was found dead on the floor of her Forest Hills home in January 2019.

Court documents stated that King had died as a result of injuries from an unknown object and her body was found on the morning of Saturday, January 13, by her daughter.

Ridgway was arrested soon after, but was released on bail of R2 000.

He had appeared numerous times at Pinetown Magistrate’s Court, and this week, Director of Public Prosecutions KZN, advocate Elaine Zungu, confirmed the matter had been withdrawn “as the court refused the State’s request for a further remand.

“The defence had submitted representations to the prosecution to consider.

“On 2 October, the defence submitted further representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with, and the State required more time to deal with same.

“Hence the request for a further date, but the court refused same,” said Zungu.

Ridgway did not respond to a request for comment.

King’s daughter, Lee-Anne, said: “We are completely distraught as a family and will not rest until justice is done for our mother.”

The Independent on Saturday

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