031113: Leanne Douglas and her mother, Leonie Lukin

Durban - Four months after the death of South Coast restaurateur Leanne Douglas, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has submitted its report to the national director of public prosecutions.

Douglas, 45, died in September when her car went off the road while being pursued by police.

Police claimed she had refused to stop.

Douglas’s mother, Leonie Lukin, said that police had fired shots at her daughter’s vehicle.

The directorate’s spokesman Moses Dlamini said at the time that it was alleged the officers had concealed the fact that they had shot at the vehicle.

“When the vehicle was towed away, the station commander noticed bullet holes on the vehicle and he called the policemen to get clarity – they could not give a reasonable explanation for the shooting.”

The station commander then informed Ipid of the incident.

On Monday Dlamini said they had handed over their findings to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

He could not divulge what was in the report.

Lukin, 72, said that her lawyer had told her about the report.

“I heard from him today, but I’ve been so busy trying not to think about what happened. There’s so much paperwork, which is what happens when one does not expect to be killed,” she said.

Life had been hard without her daughter.

“It was always the two of us.”

The Mercury