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.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-13 23:14

    I have come to view the police and traffic cops in south africa with grave suspicion. When I see a cop i see a criminal. its unfair to the good cops who are trying to do their best in exceptionally difficult circumstances. But what is my alternative. my personal experiences and interactions have proved to me that a cop in south africa is not to be trusted and avoided at all costs. I dont even report crimes perpertrated against me anymore, there is too much risk of a double wammy.

  • mbarkhuizen - 2012-06-13 23:17

    Wow traffic cops shoot to kill too? Over a parking violation? Scary stuff

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-14 02:04

    What a f*cked up SA...when a cop can shoot you for a traffic violation and murder charges are withdrawn!!! Inquest???

  • Emile - 2012-06-14 02:26

    how and why were the murder charges withdrawn? i sometimes find it hard to understand the articles on news24... they are not comprehensive enough to include such a crucial detail and its frustrating

      Ivan Overton - 2012-06-14 05:37

      I agree - not only is the standard of writing poor, the content is often also substandard. Time to look for an alternative, I think.

  • Koos - 2012-06-14 04:13

    Cape Town is paying for the legal representation of Ian Sinclair, the veteran traffic officer charged with murder after the shooting of a Cape Town cricket official outside Sahara Park Newlands last week. Kylie Hatton, spokesperson for the city, said the city had also – as part of its standard employee assistance programme – offered Sinclair, 59, trauma counselling, which he had accepted. The DPP directed that the matter be referred for an open inquest, at which a magistrate will decide the cause of Fairweather's death and whether anyone is responsible for it.

  • Mc Ndlovu - 2012-06-14 06:25

    can some of u clever people tell me y was a traffic cop confronted cause when they issue you with a ticket.. if you have a complaint you take it to court and thats where a prosecutor sits and listen to your complain and a decision of canceling or decreasing the amount of the ticket will be taken.... if he was in danger of being killed and he acted under the cicurmstances than i see no problem

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-06-14 08:36

      I agree with fully, as a mother she should have taught her son that the court is the best place

      Michelle - 2012-06-14 08:55

      I doubt Mr Fairweather was killed because of the parking ticket, perhaps we should consider what happened when he approached the traffic officer to complain. If he was intoxicated and belligerant perhaps the traffic officer felt threatened. And why did the mom feel "afraid" just because she was asked to move her car... hmmm things may not be all that they seem

      Marius - 2012-06-14 10:17

      "...a prosecutor sits and listen..???? Try again

  • chantel.keyzer - 2012-06-14 10:39

    Perhaps there is more to it than what we think. I still find it hard to swallow that a man was killed because of this, unless there is proof that the traffic cop's life was indeed threatened ? Just my 5c worth ...

      Georgia May Hubbard - 2014-09-08 11:35

      may I just say that Luke was a friend of mine and he will be missed ??

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