Judge C J Vermeulen acquitted Palazzolo in full, even expressing his surprise that a case so lacking in evidence had been brought before the Court.
He said: “To institute a prosecution under these circumstances, several years after the event, boggles the mind. It astounds even more to discover that the decision to prosecute, was taken at the highest possible level, to wit, that of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. I am satisfied as far as both the main and alternative counts are concerned, that there is no evidence on which this Court can convict. It follows that the application for discharge must succeed.”