Attack on cricketer recalled in court

“Pull it, pull it then, pull it,” were the only words Jeremy Hindley heard when he witnessed an attack on cricket official Luke Fairweather outside Newlands Cricket grounds, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.

Hindley, a close friend of Fairweather, was testifying during an inquest into 49-year-old Fairweather’s death. Fairweather died after an argument over parking with long-serving traffic officer, Ian Robert Sinclair, in January last year.

Jeremy Hindley and his wife Vanessa. Jeremy witnessed an attack on cricket official Luke Fairweather. Photo: Jade Witten. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

Sinclair had issued a parking ticket to Fairweather’s mother, Margaret, who had parked illegally while waiting to collect her son and Hindley after a match.

Fairweather, who was an official of the Alma Marist Cricket Club and manager of a Western Province junior team, was shot in the abdomen.

While Sinclair, 59 of Goodwood, was charged with murder, the State withdrew the charges on September 27 last year.

A formal inquest is being held to determine the cause of Fairweather’s death and whether anyone could be held responsible. The inquest continues on August 27.