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Family frustrated by probe into son's death

2012-09-04 09:21

Cape Town - A Cape Town family struggling to cope with the death of their promising teenage son is frustrated that, months later, police have seemingly made no progress in the case.

Milnerton High School headboy Jake Wootton was hit by a car while walking down the road with friends in Hermanus over Easter weekend, reported the Cape Argus.

More than four months have passed since the popular teenager was killed.

“We’re very frustrated because the investigations seem to be going nowhere. The driver who killed my son is still walking free, and we have had no word about an investigation into the police’s response to the accident,” said the boy’s father, Stephen Wootton.

 “For us as a family, our lives will never be the same. But we still want to have answers.”

A police spokesperson said the investigation had been finished and that the prosecuting authority would make a decision soon on the case.

Shortly after the accident, it was claimed by witnesses that the driver of the car was not given a breathalyser test and police officers had allegedly said that “things were done differently” in Hermanus.

Comments
  • alan.roberts.372 - 2012-09-04 10:25

    Always thought they were protecting the driver - another sad african tale !

  • TheRealWarrenB - 2012-09-04 10:32

    They've done effall about the investigation! "So let's just drop the speed limits by 10km/h and hope the carnage stops"! http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Capes-city-limit-to-be-50kmh-20120904

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-04 10:39

    Driver must have been a cop, thats why they are protecting him,After all they get away with murder.

  • John - 2012-09-04 10:41

    Jadajadajada. My money in on the fact that the driver might be one of the Police's budy's. Nothing will come of it

  • sunelb - 2012-09-04 10:44

    Dont give up because Jake most definately is worth fighting for, it will be sad that justice is not done for the young life taken so early and carelessly.

  • stuka.nel - 2012-09-04 10:49

    I'll just keep quiet and if I know where the driver lives I will go shoot him in his face in his drive way, botched hijackings happen all the time you know...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-04 10:52

    'Small town elite syndrome....playing the untouchables'

  • RebeccaSmith2000 - 2012-09-04 11:14

    Kill him.

  • tracey.ayres2 - 2012-09-04 11:56

    absolutely terrible that the police have done nothing about this tragic killing of a young boy with the rest of his life in front of him come on police pull your fingers out get of the golf course and do your jobs that you are being paid for disgusted

  • tracey.ayres2 - 2012-09-04 12:16

    absouletly terrible that the police have done nothing in this matter a young boy has been killed in the prime of his life and the police are doing nothing pull your fingers out get of the golf course and do the job you are paid to do disgusted

  • Brian.Irlam - 2012-09-04 12:39

    Not only have the police done little or nothing to expertly investigate and prosecute on this case.The attitude of the driver was at the time of the incident shocking in that I have heard from friends of Jake witnesses and bystanders who reported to me, that HE the driver was more concerned for the damages to his motor car at the time of the incident and is alleged to have commented that it was not so serious because he thought and believed at the time that he had just knocked down a HOTTNOT or some words to that affect. The fact that no blood sample was taken as is alleged is gross negligence and incompetence on behalf of the police and dereliction of duty. This matter must not go unanswered in court of law and the perpetrator and offender must be severly punished and jailed for MURDER if he can be found to be or have been under the influence of alcohol and considered drunk at the time or at least Culpable Homicide if the police did not do what the law requires and take blood samples timeaously he should and must be found guilty and entranced to a minimum of 14 years. THE POLICE AND CRIMINAL SYSTEM MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVED IN THIS CASE.

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