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Lawyer shot dead in court with the gun presented as evidence

independent: A lawyer was shot dead after a shotgun being exhibited as evidence during a trial went off in a freak accident.

South African senior advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt died at Ixopo Regional Court on Monday after the gun was dropped on the floor, causing it to fire and rip a hole in her left hip, The Sunday Times of South Africa reports.

Court staff attempted to stem the bleeding as they called an ambulance, but despite their efforts and those of the paramedics, the mother-of-one was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Umzimkhulu police are investigating the fatal incident as culpable homicide, News24 reports.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said: “It is alleged on Monday at 3.20pm a 51-year-old woman was taken to hospital after she was struck by a shot to the left hip.

“She later died in hospital. 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.

“Unfortunately, we cannot divulge further information as the investigations are at a sensitive stage.”

KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions Elaine Zungu confirmed the lawyer died on Monday.

She said: ”Her untimely passing is mourned by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. The family has requested that their privacy be respected.”

An unnamed legal friend of the barrister to the Mirror Online: “There is absolutely no need for a weapon being submitted in evidence in a court of law to still be capable of being fired.”

The firearm had reportedly been stolen in a robbery and later recovered and returned to Cheryl Biggs and her husband Dave.

They told South African newspaper The Witness that police had not kept the firearm as an exhibit pending the trial because they needed the weapon for protection.

Instead, it was collected by police on Monday and Ms Biggs told the paper she had told the police she did not know if it was loaded or not.

Source: Published by independent

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Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
1 month ago

May ur soul rest in peace

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
1 month ago

He is a feared President in the history of the 🇺🇸

Joseph
Joseph
1 month ago

I believe this was all planned, why was clocked in the first instance

Anyadike Rosesandra
Anyadike Rosesandra
1 month ago

May her soul rest in perfect peace

stanley
stanley
1 month ago

may his soul rest in peace and let justice prevail

Uzoma chinasa comfort
Uzoma chinasa comfort
1 month ago

I believe there is more to this than what the ordinary eyes can see. Her death is such a great lost for her only child, family and her nation. may her soul rest in the bosom of the lord who will judge all men according to their deeds.

Mariam Abdulsalam
Mariam Abdulsalam
1 month ago

There was no reason for the gun to be loaded while it was being kept as evidence. May her soul rest in peace

Atte
Atte
1 month ago

This is tragic. Suck a loss in active duty. I wonder why she used a loaded gun as exhibit. The police that handed the gun to her with emptying the magazine should be convicted.

Maurice Ekpenyong
Maurice Ekpenyong
1 month ago

Lawyer dies of accidental discharge,how are they going handle this case now,since she was killed right in the court room

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
1 month ago

This one is strong

Demian Rita Akpan
Demian Rita Akpan
1 month ago

Jesus! a woman who went about her usual duty just in died in the process. Now how will that child she is leaving alone fare.Its a very sad tale.

Akinpelum ioluwaseyi
Akinpelum ioluwaseyi
1 month ago

Are acting movie in court.

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
1 month ago

Theirs hiding agenda

Felicia Moses
Felicia Moses
1 month ago

They should have checked the gun maybe it loaded or not, May her soul rest in perfect peace

Lokrit yilchini gomper
Lokrit yilchini gomper
1 month ago

Oh that was so sorrowful…

Lokrit yilchini gomper
Lokrit yilchini gomper
1 month ago

This is not a good story…who actually threw the gun? Gun is not something one should play with

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
23 days ago

This is crazy.

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
11 days ago

Died in active service ! This is a great loss for her family and the nation. Let justice prevail.