Mother of woman killed in incident with police still to find closure

2014-01-03 00:00

IT’S been three months since South Coast businesswoman Leanne Douglas (45) was killed in an incident that involved the Umkomaas police, and her grieving mother Leonie Luckin still struggles to find closure.

Luckin on Tuesday told The Witness that she battled to get through Christmas and it would be difficult to face the New Year without her daughter and only child. She said she had since taken it upon herself to “constantly” phone the investigators, or physically go to the offices for updates on her daughter’s case.

“The little I know, I get it only when I go or phone the IPID [Independent Police Investigative Directorate] offices here in Durban. About two months ago a woman at the offices told me that they would have all the files sorted and sent to the senior public prosecutor before Christmas. Out of desperation, I asked the woman if they will tell me when the case goes to court and she assured me that they will do so. I guess I have to be patient so that I don’t make them angry and stop working on the case,” said the grieving mother. “My mind is still all over the place. I want justice for the only family member I was left with. I don’t want five or 10 years for her killers, I want more than that. At my old age, those people have put me through excruciating pain,” she said.

Douglas died while driving on a Sunday night when her car overturned on the N2 as police pursued her. The owner of the popular Red Rooster restaurant in Port Shepstone was on her way to visit her mother in Musgrave, Durban.

At the time of her death the IPID national spokesperson, Moses Dlamini, said the directorate was investigating Douglas’s death as a result of police action.

He said the policemen reported just the accident and concealed the fact that they had shot at the deceased’s vehicle.

He said when the vehicle was towed away from the scene, the station commander noticed bullet holes on the vehicle and he requested clarity. They could not give a reasonable explanation for the shooting. Asked for comment on Tuesday, Dlamini said he could not confirm whether the documents on the investigation had been taken to the senior public prosecutor.

“Most people are on holiday. I would assume that the IPID officer in Durban had expected the investigation to be concluded before Christmas; hence she said the documents will be taken to the senior public prosecutor for a decision before Christmas. Once we hear from the prosecutor, we will make an official statement based on the decision.”

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