IPID finishes probe into death of Sheppie woman

2014-06-23 00:00

THE Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has finally completed its investigation into the death of Port Shepstone businesswoman Leanne Douglas.

Yesterday, IPID national spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the docket had since been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision. “The docket was sent to the DPP early this year to decide on whether to prosecute or not. It won’t be proper for us to discuss the case or the contents of the docket before a decision is taken. The DPP must consider the evidence brought forward, witness or witnesses, and possibly any evidence made available to the office.”

Douglas (45) was on her way to Durban on the N2 near Umkomaas in September last year, when policemen allegedly opened fire on her car in a high-speed chase.

The vehicle overturned and she was found dead in the wreck.

At the time, Dlamini revealed that the officers suspected to be involved in the incident allegedly tried to hide the shooting, but their story came apart when their station commander spotted the bullet holes in the car, and questioned them about the incident.

The station commander then reported the matter to IPID immediately, resulting in the investigation.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said at this stage the officers implicated in the case are still on duty since the matter has not been decided on yet.

“Only after the DPP has made a decision based on the merits of the contents of the docket can action be taken against the implicated officers,” said Naicker.

Attempts to get comment from Leonie Luckin, the bereaved mother of Douglas, were unsuccessful. The gates at her home were locked and no one responded to the intercom at the gate.

— Witness Reporter.

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