Prominent NPA advocate dies after court shooting accident

2019-11-19 11:43
Advocate Addelaid Ferreira Watt. (Image via LinkedIn)

Advocate Addelaid Ferreira Watt. (Image via LinkedIn)

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Senior state advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt has died after she was shot at the regional court in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, in what appears to be an accident on Monday.

A case of culpable homicide was being probed after the apparent freak shooting, KZN police confirmed.

The weapon - believed to be a loaded shotgun - was brought to court as evidence.

"It is alleged that the weapon was brought to court to be entered as evidence in a house robbery case when it accidentally discharged in court," said Brigadier Jay Naicker.

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He said that the 51-year-old later died in hospital. "She was taken to hospital after she was struck by a bullet on the left of the hip."

"Unfortunately, we cannot divulge further information as the investigations are at a sensitive stage," he said.

Several people, including former Hawks KZN boss Johan Booysen, have expressed their shock at Ferreira-Watt's death.

- Additional reporting by Sheldon Morais

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