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Fairweather killing: Cop ‘not at fault’

Cape Town - The family of former Western Province cricketer Luke Fairweather is considering turning to the Western Cape High Court after an inquest cleared the man originally charged with his death.

Fairweather was killed on January 5, 2011, just outside Newlands Stadium, after confronting a traffic officer who, shortly before, had given Fairweather’s mother a ticket for parking illegally.

Traffic Officer Ian Sinclair with his lawyer, John Riley File picture: Jason Boud. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The exchange then turned violent, and a shot went off in the scuffle, hitting Fairweather in the stomach.

The murder charge against the officer, Ian Sinclair, was withdrawn that September.

Instead, the Director of Public Prosecutions called for an open inquest to determine the cause of Fairweather’s death, and who was responsible.

That process finally came to a close on Thursday, when magistrate June Snayer found that Fairweather had died of a bullet wound to the abdomen – but that this was not Sinclair’s fault.

Basing her decision on witness testimony, Snayer described Fairweather’s behaviour as “totally out of control”, and a “vicious, aggressive and provocative act” against Sinclair.

“It was clear that the deceased was the aggressor at all times.”

John Riley, for Sinclair, said his client was “hugely relieved” that the matter had been finalised.

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