Aggett’s sister, Jill Burger, on Wednesday testified about the last time she saw her brother alive.
She and her mother, Joy, were allowed to visit him at the police station on December 31 1981.
“He looked pale and thin. He had eczema that had not been treated, but he told us not to worry,” Burger recalled.
She said her brother was not wearing any shoe laces, belt or item of clothing he could use to harm himself.
When the three of them met in an office on the ninth floor, a police officer, Danvey Maphophe, supervised the visit. Burger said Maphophe sat so close to them that they were literally “touching knees”.
Maphophe reprimanded Aggett when he tried to answer a question about his detention, telling him he was not allowed to speak about the case.
Aggett spent the visit trying to allay his mother’s concerns and asking about his girlfriend, Dr Elizabeth Floyd, who had been arrested with him.
“Neil said we should not worry and that he would be out in a month or two,” Burger said. Aggett was “released” just more than a month later — when his family collected his lifeless body from the police station.
The inquest continues on Thursday.