Traffic cop inquest underway

2012-06-13 22:20
Cape Town - The mother of Luke Fairweather felt anger and fear when asked by a traffic officer to move her car at Newlands Cricket Stadium, the Wynberg District Court heard on Wednesday.

Luke, 49, was shot dead in January last year, allegedly by Cape Town traffic officer Ian Sinclair outside the stadium.

He apparently confronted Sinclair over a traffic ticket issued to his mother Margaret.

Sinclair appeared in court several times last year charged with murder. Authorities withdrew the charge and proceedings were changed to an inquest.

Fairweather, questioned by Magistrate June Snayer, said she had gone to the stadium to pick up Luke and his disabled friend.

It was the presence of the disabled friend which made Fairweather illegally park near the stadium entrance.

Fairweather said she felt frightened when Sinclair asked her to move her car. Sinclair had started writing a parking ticket before he had even approached Fairweather, and he apparently threw the ticket at her through the open driver's window.

When Luke arrived with his friend and was told what happened, he apparently confronted Sinclair.

"I told him I had received a ticket, without even being given a chance to explain that I was there to pick up a disabled person," Fairweather said.

"He felt it unfair for me to get a parking ticket in the circumstances, and he wanted to sort it out with Sinclair."

She did not attempt to stop her son from confronting Sinclair.

Fairweather was offended by Sinclair's attorney John Riley when he addressed her as "Mrs Sinclair", and Riley apologised.

Fairweather said she was not blocking a driveway when Sinclair asked her to move.

The inquest continues on Thursday.

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