On March 22, Belly was working with a colleague in the passage of the station. Both were spat at by an as yet unknown man. Four days after the incident, Belly and her colleague had the first symptoms of the disease.
The 47-year-old conductress was already struggling with health problems and had to go to the hospital on April 2, where she was given oxygen. It did not help enough. Belly died three days later, exactly two weeks after the spit incident.
Blow for family
Belly family members tell their stories for the first time in the British media. “She was a good person, a good mother and a good wife,” Belly’s husband Lusamba Gode Katalay told the BBC.
He last saw his wife through a video link from the hospital. Shortly afterwards, the doctor called that she had died. Only ten people were allowed to attend the funeral, including Belly’s 11-year-old daughter Ingrid. The girl had been unable to speak to her mother in the hospital.
The British railway police say they take the matter very seriously and have opened an investigation. For example, the corona spider is still being searched. But the union is also demanding clarification, especially as to whether the railway company has adequately protected the women.
Belly’s cousin Agnes Ntumba tells Sky News that the women stepped to their superiors after the incident, requesting to call the police. But that doesn’t seem to have happened. No report has been found so far in the systems.
It is not known how Belly’s colleague is doing.
The two women preferred to work behind the glass at the desk for the rest of the day, but the family also declined that request. Otherwise there would be insufficient staff in the station hall.
Outrageous, says her niece. “They were not given masks, no gloves.” The union added, “The employer was aware that Belly belonged to the risk group. Anyone who is vulnerable should be able to stay at home.”
Belly’s family wants the spat to be punished. Prosecutors must then prove that there is a causal link between his act and her death. That will be difficult according to British lawyers, because others may also have infected the woman.
Before it comes to a possible lawsuit, the man must first be found. The police called in the help of the public for this.