No closure for Sinkins family

James Sinkins.

Magistrate Dieter Schultz in a hearing on Friday referred the case back to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a decision on whether the matter should be taken further.
Eight-year-old special needs child, James Sinkins, died after he was dragged off his bicycle and attacked by the neighbour’s German Shepherd-cross dogs in December 2015. Since then, the matter has been in court for the inquest hearing.
Last year, all evidence and exhibits were submitted with, senior prosecutor, Hitesh Heeralall, conducting inspections of the homes of the Sinkins and their neighbours, the Alladins, to establish if the matter should be prosecuted.
Magistrate Dieter Schultz, in a brief summary in court on Friday, recapped the intention of the inquest case.
“An inquest is not to prosecute or to find an individual guilty but rather to establish the cause of death of the child,” said Schultz.
He continued, “The court was scheduled to give findings after numerous exhibits. Despite all of these, the court has been unable to come to a finding and must refer this matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
State prosecutor, Ally Van Heerden, further explained to the family that the matter was complex and a decision from a higher authority needed to be implemented before findings were presented in court.
“We thought the end was near but we still have to wait. Our nerves were shredded because we thought we were closing a chapter,” said Estelle.
The emotional mother asserted that she will continue to preserve seeking justice for her child’s death.

Bongeka Sibisi

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